What did Odysseus do to make himself be seen as such an excellent leader in war? This is shown in the epic poem, The Odyssey by Homer. Odysseus plays a very important role in both the Trojan War, and The Odyssey. In both of these examples, he has characteristics that are a part of him no matter what. Odysseus is a person who will never give up on something if he believes in it, or has passion for it. In the Trojan war, he was unbeatable, he had experience with war, and he had skills and techniques that would trick his opponent; in other words, he had many ways of benefiting his army.
Referring to the war and The Odyssey, Odysseus has several roles that are portrayed in his characteristics, however, one stands out more than the others. Based on the events before, during, and after the Trojan war, the main role of Odysseus is a Strategist. Odysseus displays this trait throughout the Odyssey as is evidenced by him leading Greece in winning the Trojan war. In comparison, the character Spongebob from the movie The Spongebob Movie also plays the role of a strategist and extends The Odyssey into modern times by retrieving the kings crown and saving Bikini Bottom. One of the events leading up to the Trojan War was the Golden Apple of Discord. In this event, the greek goddess Eris was said to have thrown an apple on a table of a wedding that she was not invited to. Sitting at the table were greek goddesses, and the apple held a note to uprise a competition to see who the prettiest goddess was amongst them.
This outburst caused a feud between Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite. Paris was to decide who was the prettiest, and later on, he made his choice, and he stated that Aphrodite was this prettiest: “Hera promised him royal power in Athena, victory in war, while Aphrodite promised Helen and his wife. He chose Aphrodite, and so the train of events that led to the trojan war was set in motion, in which Hera and Athena were hostile to the Trojans” (9780199997329). At this point Paris decided to abduct Helene. This drew attention to the Trojans; they were angry, and the outcome of their anger was the beginning of the Trojan war. Some warriors that were going to be battling in this were war were known as the Achaeans. The war extended out to a long, violent ten years of fighting. During this war, there were several key events and strategies that happened.
For the vast majority of the war, the Greeks were winning. Odysseus had a great and successful plan for the Greeks. He came up with the idea to create a giant wooden horse, and to gift it to the Trojans as a symbol of peace between the Greeks and the Trojans. Peace, however, was not what Odysseus had in mind. His plan was to have the wooden horse be hollow, and inside of the horse would be many hidden Greek warriors. The horse was left outside of the gates, and once it was brought through, “…
the Greeks returned and their companions crept out of the horse and opened the city gates, and Troy was destroyed” (infoplease.com). Ultimately the ten year war was won by the Greeks, with the impactful help of Odysseus and his excellent experience and war strategies. After the ten year war, filled with brutal fighting and the fall of the city of Troy, the ultimate winner of the war was the Greeks. They had the useful help of the war hero Odysseus, and all the excellent strategies that were thought of in order to help them win the war: “After the Trojan defeat, the Greek heroes slowly made their way home.
Odysseus took 10 years to make the arduous and often-interrupted journey home to Ithaca recounted in the ‘Odyssey'” (History.com). Agamemnon wanted to have a fight with Achilles, however, Achilles did not want want to; he refused to fight, and Agamemnon was forced to go home. After the war, on the Achaeans journey home, the Trojans attacked them, and many of the Achaeans ended up dead. In addition, another event that occured was that Athena was killed by the Greeks. Diomedes also returned home in order to take back his position as king once again, however the problem was that when he arrived, someone had taken over his position as king. In order to regain his power, he married a princess.
These key events occured after the war and are very significant.Although there are several war heros that had an impact on the Trojan war, there is one that stands out more than the rest; this man is Odysseus. Odysseus never gave up on his army, he had lots of experience which helped him to make his decisions in order to benefit his army, and these give the army the upper hand in the war. Because of his impact, it is stated that “Odysseus was one of the greatest heroes in Greek Mythology. He plays one of the central roles in Homer’s Iliad where the Greeks were, thanks to his ingenuity, able to defeat the Trojans and claim the city of Troy” (greek-gods.org). He used strategies that were very clever in order to to help them win the war. An example of this is the wooden horse in the city of Troy.
In the eyes of the Greeks, not only was Odysseus viewed as a war hero, but also a best friend, as he was able to have a very positive impact on the war, and also be a reliable and kind man who people can trust.In the Trojan war, the powerful man Odysseus is very important. He was a great leader with experience who knew how to help the Greeks win. Odysseus was determined to protect Greece no matter what it took, and he was a “.
.. respected leader with guile and resourcefulness, willing to take risks when necessary, respectful to his subordinates and committed to his mission” (humanities.blogs). Odysseus plays a similar role in the Odyssey as Spongebob plays in The Spongebob Squarepants Movie. Spongebob was on a quest to reach Shell city, get the kings crown, and save Bikini Bottom.
Spongebob was giving everything he had to protect Bikini Bottom’s citizens. He never gave up, even if his friend Patrick had doubts about their ability to succeed. He made Patrick change his weenie-hut-Juniors underpants to get ready for the challenge ahead. Similar to Odysseus, he used his skills and determination to succeed. He retrieved the kings crown, returned to Bikini Bottom, and saved the citizens, similar to how Odysseus succeeded in winning the Trojan war for Greece. The Odyssey is extended into modern times through Spongebob Squarepants role within The Spongebob Movie, as he acts as a strategist when he works to regain the king’s crown and, in the process, save the town of Bikini Bottom. Before the Trojan War, the Golden Apple of Discord was one of the events that led up to the war.
The Trojan War lasted for a brutal ten years and the Greeks were the eventual winners after the long and tragic fight. Finally, throughout the war, Odysseus was a very important man, similar to how important Spongebob Squarepants was throughout his quest. Spongebob greatly impacted Bikini Bottom, similar to Odysseus’ important impact on the war. Works Cited “Helen of Troy palace ‘found among ruins.'” Times London, England, 15 Mar. 2002, p.
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