The Odyssey. Themes Ethical Code of the Ancient Greeks The Odyssey begins. Themes in The Odyssey. The establishment of order Odysseus must return to keep his kingdom of Ithaca safe. He must return to take care of his wife, Penelope. He must help his son Telemachus become a man.
of the Ancient Greeks
The Odyssey begins
The establishment of order
The development of loyalty, devotion, and strength
The search for identity and a place in this world
The triumph of good over evil
The interaction of gods and humans
Invocation to the Muse
Foreshadowing of Events
Odysseus warned his men not to eat the cattle of the Sun God, but they did not listen. They feasted well, but never reached home.
The great enemy of Odysseus: Poseidon, God of the Sea