Skip to content

Calypso Characterization Essay

 

Calypso appeared to be successful in her quest to create a life with Odysseus. She tried to  provide him with everything he could possibly want to be happy. On his time on the island, Odysseus agreed to have an affair with Calypso due to lust and her physical beauty. She even  bore two children by him, Nausithous and Nausinous (Aulaire, 455). The goddess held Odysseus for sex,

By nights he would lie besides her, in the hollow caverns, against his will, by one who is willing.

 (Homer, 158). Over time, Calypso

s power began to fade and Odysseus started to resist Calypso

s seduction and temptation. Odysseus continued to long for his wife and dream about returning to Ithaca. He spent days crying and begging the other gods to do something. Despite Odysseus

 sadness, Calypso stayed in denial because she loved him so much and continued to try and seduce him. Odysseus, who had always wanted to return home, began to contemplate returning to Penelope. He decided that he could no longer bear to be away from his wife, but he did not know how to tell Calypso. Odysseus cried out for help and his patron goddess, Athena, asked Zeus to

 permit Odysseus’ release from Ogygia. Zeus grant

ed

Athena’s request and order 

ed Hermes, the messenger, to tell Calypso that she must set Odysseus free. At first, Calypso became bitter and angry, but she knew she must let him go. She eventually respected Odysseus

s decision, but still tried to convince him to stay

 but if you only knew in your own heart how many hardships you were fated to undergo before getting back to your country, you would stay here with me and be the lord of this household and be an immortal.

 (Homer, 209). Calypso came to terms with Odysseus

s choice and did more than let him go; she provided him with a sturdy raft, food and wine for the journey, and favorable winds, so he could safely return home. Soon after Odysseus left her island, Calypso became very depressed. From her point of view, she believed that she  Neuman 3

Essay on The Static Character in Homer’s Odyssey

1014 Words5 Pages

The Static Character in Homer’s Odyssey

The Odyssey, by Homer, translated by W.H.D. Rouse (between 900 and 700 BC.) is "The best story ever written" (7). This is a story about a man named Odysseus Laertiades who went off to war. After winning the war, he and his men were heading home when their ship got off track. They ended up in the land of the Cyclops. They were held captive by a god's, Poseidon Earthholder, son. Odysseus came up with a plan to get out of there which involved poking the Cyclops' eye out. The Earthholder got mad and vowed Odysseus and his men would not make it back home to Ithaca. If Odysseus was to make it home, he was to arrive "There late and in misery, in another man's ship, ' lose all his companions, and ' find…show more content…

The Cyclops did this two more times before Odysseus came up with a plan to escape.

Next, they reached a place called Aiaia. Odysseus and his men decided to separate into two groups to explore the island. The group without Odysseus found the hut where Circe, "A terrible goddess" lived (115). All of the men, except Eurylochos, entered the house, "For he expected a trap" (117). Circe gave the men some wine, "But she put dangerous drugs in the mess, to make them wholly forget their native land. When they had swallowed it, she gave them a tap of her wand at once and herded them into pens; for they now had pigs? heads and grunts and bristles" (117). She had turned them into pigs. At this place the goddess, Circe, who lived there turned half of the men into pigs. Eurylochos went and told Odysseus, who vowed to go save the men.

The final strange and difficult situation Odysseus finds himself in is Ogygia where the goddess Calypso lives. Odysseus drifted there after nine days on a piece of his ship. Zeus had struck the ship with a bolt of lightning because Odysseus' men had eaten the sacred cattle of Helios. Calypso "Loved me and cared for me," but Odysseus didn't want to marry her and become immortal because he wanted to go back to his wife and son (147). After several years of living with calypso, the gods finally decide to help Odysseus escape.

Odysseus always found a unique way out of the situations he found himself in.

Show More