Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Whether Odysseus should warn his men about Skylla and Charybdis

          In Homer's Odyssey, Odysseus should have warned his men about Skylla and Charybdis for three reasons: Odysseus and his men resolutely and firmly survived many dangers together, Odysseus and his crew were able work together, and the crew was responsible for themselves.

      The first reason Odysseus should have warned his men about Skylla and Charybdis is that Odysseus and his men resolutely and firmly survived many dangers together. Odysseus and his men survived the destruction of their comrades on the journey home from Troy. Odysseus and his men are all tough and hearty Trojan War veterans. Odysseus and his men have even travelled to Hades and back together.

      The second reason Odysseus should have warned his men about Skylla and Charybdis is that Odysseus and his men were able to work together to get home. If he shared information about the coming danger, he would have shown trust and confidence in his men, thereby inspiring them to hold fast. He would not have had to carry the burden and worry of the dangers ahead all by himself. He would have also benefitted from any ideas his men may have had in order to survive the ordeal.

      The third reason Odysseus should have warned his men about Skylla and Charybdis is that the crew was responsible for themselves. Odysseus’ men were able to prepared themselves for the encounter with these foul, brash and vicious monsters. The men themselves were very motivated to go home, as was Odysseus. The men, not Odysseus, were responsible for how they react in times of danger.

      Therefore, Odysseus should have warned his men about Skylla and Charybdis because Odysseus and his men resolutely and firmly survived many dangers together, Odysseus and his men were able to work together to get home, and the crew was responsible for themselves.

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