Man versus Nature in “The Odyssey”

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Essay #: 066997
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Man versus Nature in "The Odyssey"
Over the centuries, Homer’s Odyssey has been dissected, analyzed and critiqued from practically every imaginable angle and perspective. Being one of the earliest and best known works of literature, such examination is not surprising. What endures about the work, though, is how well it has held up to such scrutiny, and the truths that analysis is, even in this day and age, able to distill from Homer’s transcribed words. One such truth is the enduring literary conflict of humanity versus nature. As old and deep seeded as our species, itself, nature was truly our first adversary and it is in the oldest of our literature that we find some of the purest depictions of the feelings and rawness of such struggles....
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..... water running through her soft prairie parsley and violets…. When you get to that place, the eyes of whatever god they would have charmed and delighted his soul."
Odysseus's journey not only calls the gods to participate in it, but to encourage or prevent it. It is a constant counterpoint to the hero and the dangers and the pitfalls of Nature, often personified divine beings: Circe, the Sirens, Scylla and Charybdis, among others. It is awy from this violent nature and wilderness that Odysseus flees as he attempts to regain his life and civilization: man’s attempt to control the natural world that surrounds humans and fates that await us all.
Works Cited
Homer. The Odyssey of Homer. Trans. Richard Lattimore. New York: HarperPerennial. 1999.