Trust and Deceit in Homer’s "Odyssey" Homer’s Odyssey remains an important and relevant work for the number of universal human themes it touches on in telling the story of Odysseus and his return to Ithaca. While the prevailing themes in the story largely deal with loyalty and perseverance, trust features heavily in both the characters’ development vis -a- vis each other, as well as themselves. The use of deceit is common as a means to placate, manipulate, and as a means to test, all of which were justified as aiding the greater good or rationalized as necessary to the character’s survival. While the use of deceit is recognized as important at different points throughout the story, trust is ultimately held as an ideal to be balanced with...The end:
.....esents interesting and seemingly contradictory depictions of trust, deception, honesty, and guile between the characters. The use of cunning and deception indeed helps Odysseus to survive his journey and return to Ithaca, while it helps Penelope placate her many suitors while waiting for her husband’s safe return. Meanwhile, the initially timid Telemachus must learn to trust himself in the face of overwhelming doubt and fear at the loss of power and the inevitable grisly death which would follow. The complex interplay around trust and deception reveals its importance to interpersonal relationships, and indeed the balance required with regard to trust and scepticism. Works Cited Homer. The Odyssey. Trans. Samuel Butler. Wildside Press, 2007.