The Development Of Desire


The development of the male warrior, throughout literature, has a direct
relationship with the development of western civilization. The attributes a
warrior holds, fall respectively with the attributes that each society held as
valuable. These characteristics, started by societies ideals, become the
warrior's only reasons for continuing their heroics. The ideals however do
change with each warrior. At the beginning we have a warrior with one mission,
which later the warriors become more challenged and have to change ideas and
concepts to continue. The evolution of the warriors desires becomes the complex
ideals that western civilization develops over time. With this progression ...

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The irony
falls as Odysseus only desires his homeland. ”Begin when all the rest who left
behind them headlong death in battle or at sea had long ago returned, while he[
Odysseus] alone still hungered for home and wife” (Homer 1).
Odysseus has many opportunities to end his journeys and start a new life.
For instance, if he desired, Odysseus was able to stay with Kalypso who wanted
him forever, “Her ladyship Kalypso clung to him in her sea-hollowed caves- a
nymph, immortal and most beautiful, who craved him for her own” (Homer 1).
Kalypso knows even though she has Odysseus in her home, he is not hers to have. “
Son of Laertes, versatile Odysseus, after all these years with me, you still
desire your old home? Even so I wish you well”( Homer 87). To which Odysseus
replies, “...Yet, it is true, each day I long for home, long for the sight of
home...” (Homer 87). Another chance for Odysseus to start a new life is offered
by the king of the Phaecians to marry his daughter and live there; ...

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fury. “
Then every wind roared into a hurricane; the ships went pitching west with many
cries; our land lost”(Homer 166). With these trials of Odysseus, and throughout
the journey, we see Odysseus spares nothing on his return home. He loses men,
ships, and wealth from Troy and the gods. With all the losses he sustains over
the long journey he is unmoved, for his only passion is to return home.
Odysseus's biggest attribute is his personal control of emotions and events.
He has many emotions throughout the story, but always exhibits control in
thinking and actions. Look at the careful planning and patience when waiting for
the time to kill all his suitors. Another duration, Odysseus ...

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