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Online Comics => Odysseus The Rebel => Topic started by: John DeWitt on February 09, 2009, 02:10:20 pm

Title: 2/09: Boy...
Post by: John DeWitt on February 09, 2009, 02:10:20 pm
Odysseus is really calm, cool and on-message for a fellow who just watched his close companions of the past twenty years (those who survived all the previous misadventures) gruesomely burn to death.  If he were my friend, I believe I'd run in terror.  And when I'd gotten far enough away, I'd find a much better class of friend.

Has our hero no redeeming character traits at all?  Even individuality can be taken to psychopathic extremes, and I think we passed that on page 50.  This version of Odysseus would have to lighten up before he'd rate "asshole".
Title: Re: 2/09: Boy...
Post by: Scott on February 10, 2009, 05:24:53 pm
As long as you keep judging this 3200-year-old Pagan by 20th-Century Christian standards, you're going to be disappointed.

Odysseus had spent 10 years fighting a protracted war against an implacable adversary. He was used to seeing his friends die all around him. Not that he was happy about it, but he'd long ago learned to roll with it. He'd been to Hell and returned, in more ways than one. And, thanks to Circe he knew there was at least a high likelihood that he'd end up with a destroyed ship, clinging for his life to a piece of driftwood, and again confronting Poseidon.

Title: Re: 2/09: Boy...
Post by: Corydon on February 11, 2009, 06:17:58 am
As long as you keep judging this 3200-year-old Pagan by 20th-Century Christian standards, you're going to be disappointed.

Thing is, he's being written from a 20th (well, 21st) century standard: Homer wouldn't recognize him.  So that is the appropriate standard by which to read him.
Title: Re: 2/09: Boy...
Post by: Rocketman on February 11, 2009, 09:18:29 am

Thing is, he's being written from a 20th (well, 21st) century standard: Homer wouldn't recognize him.  So that is the appropriate standard by which to read him.

Exactly.  No two people who read it are going to come up with the same exact interpertation especially people from different time periods. 
Title: Re: 2/09: Boy...
Post by: SDGrant on May 11, 2009, 07:59:01 pm
Odysseus is really calm, cool and on-message for a fellow who just watched his close companions of the past twenty years (those who survived all the previous misadventures) gruesomely burn to death.  If he were my friend, I believe I'd run in terror.  And when I'd gotten far enough away, I'd find a much better class of friend.

I think after 20 years of that crap all around him - not to mention a recent visit to Hell - more of it would just piss him off.

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Has our hero no redeeming character traits at all?  Even individuality can be taken to psychopathic extremes, and I think we passed that on page 50.  This version of Odysseus would have to lighten up before he'd rate "asshole".

He loves his family, but hasn't seen them in awhile.  He's not especially inclined to kill anyone as a first response.  He's not stupid.  He'd rather avoid battle than rush into it, unlike most of his heroic compatriots.  I'd consider those redeeming traits.  But he's a guy who's been kicked around for a long long time and now he's just fed up.  I never really imagined him as someone I'd like to have lunch with...

- Grant