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Homer's Odyssey's Creatures

Homer in his masterful tale, odyssey, employs a wide range of descriptive technique to create characters that are fearsome in his successful bid to capture elements of magic and fantasy, (Henry, 12). The Odyssey is based on the nature of cunning where the antagonist in the tale is depicted a superhuman being of significant twits and turns. The character Odyssey calls his mind to task more than his muscles as is evident in the manner in which he capitalizes on the stupidity of the masculine Polyphemus. In exploring magic, as (Henry, 18) aver, Homer presents gods that have been disguised in alternate forms so as to interact with the humans. In this tale, Athena takes the form of a little girl, Odyssey’s alley Mentor and that of Telemachus. Proteus is presented as a character who is able to take the form of fire to escape arrest.

A number of characters in the Odyssey have great magical powers. Proteus, the old man can change to water. Circe is overly magical and her ability to change the whole of the Odyssey’s cast into pigs by the tap of her wand makes her a very fearful character. Homer uses god characters whose magical powers at times goes overboard. The god Poseidon is able to dog Odyssey immediately he reveals his true identity.  In the underworld, Agamemnon shares his macabre experiences in the underworld where his was murdered: an underworld where only the characters with magical powers can survive.

Homer makes goddesses in Odyssey very stunning. Scylla is a thrilling female character who is at times shown as a dog with six heads, (Henry, 34). She is a half a woman and a half a wolf with the tail of a Dolphin.  Lamia is described as a very hideous goddess who is a half a serpent. Her beauty is irresistible to the men she seeks to destroy.  Adorned with irremovable eyes she also seeks to destroy children. In Odyssey, Hecate is a goddess existing in the underworld where Agamemnon was murdered and is very magical. Her stunning nature is attributed to Homers endless association of her to magic, scary dogs and cemeteries. Homer presents Alecto, one of the dreaded Furies, as a monstrous female creature described by her wings of a big bat and the head of a black orgy dog. These goddess and generally women in the Odyssey are depicted as extraordinarily beautiful. They are therefore seductresses whose thirst for love is insatiable. Their alluring beauty as depicted by Homer is one that uninterruptedly leads many men, including Odyssey, a stray.

Homer makes use of many fearful creatures in this Tale. There is a creature, an imitation of mythical Greek creature Centaur that has the head and the torso of human being but a body of a horse, (Henry 45). The character is very swift in fight. Homer many times describes Centuar as a character with the body of a goat with his back being that of a serpent and a head of a lion. In Odyssey, Polephemus represents the ancient Greek creature the Cyclops. Polephemus, whose single eye located at the forehead, is ugly and always motivated by his huge muscles. The fearsome Polephemus is winged with scary fangs and a significantly wide mouth that has a large lolling tongue. His hair is made of writhing serpents that hang scary all over his head. A cannibal and gullible, Polephemus is cunningly blinded by the witty Odyssey. 

According, (Henry, 67), Homer uses Kerberos which is very scary creature in his tale. The creature is a three-headed dog that relentlessly keeps guard at the doorway to the underworld. The responsibility of ensuring that souls are prevented from escaping the underworld is vested squarely on this creature. Minotaur is another scary creature that Homer describes to have a bull’s head that is fed seven youths, seven virgins after every seven years in a strange labyrinth.  

Pegasus is a fearful creature. Homer describes it as winged creature that is used in wars. Bellerephon once used it to win war against the Chimera and Amazons. There is a half woman, half bird creature that spends most of its time on the rocks and sings alluring and overly melodious songs that lure unsuspecting sailors to shore to get killed. The manner in which Homer describes them and their evil works in the tale provokes readers to be fearful of them. Again, Homer’s description of birds that have wings of Bronze and those which drop their metallic feathers onto the people below before descending to kill them, makes these creatures very scary and dreadful. These creatures are the Stymphalian birds that attack the lesser humanoid creatures in Homer’s story. 

Homer talks of the Lernean Hydra a scary daughter to characters of ancient Greek, Typhon and Echidne, that has well over a hundred serpents’ heads and the body of a dog, (Henry, 67). As if to scare us further, Homer says that if one of the serpents head is injured or incapacitated, Hydra grows new and healthy serpents’ heads in its place! Then there is Typhon, one of the deadliest characters ever seen in Odyssey’s cast who, Homer says is a winged, energetic and extra-huge half man creature. He has an incalculable number of dragon heads on each arm and is a half a snake.

To conclude, Homer’s description of his superhuman characters and the manner in which they carry themselves about in the whole story is very scary. His use of accurate language to present an endless list of creatures whose bodies are an amalgamation of different parts of other equally scary creatures is not only breathtaking but also an exaggeration of the unknown. These creatures have magical powers and take part in battles that supersede human capabilities. The fear that these creatures cause among readers is one whose long term effect can never be overstated.  

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