Cattle of the Sun God: Resisting Temptation

The Cattle of the Sun god is Odysseus’ final test. Odysseus and his men are stranded on this Island for one month. Dehydrated and hunger struck they are faced with the decision to face an excruciating death by starvation, or take the risk of eating the forbidden cattle. The men  Odysseus begins to learn about humility and shows his respect to the gods, while his men eat the forbidden cattle. “One day [Odysseus] withdrew to the interior/to pray the Gods in solitude, for hope/ that one might show [him] some way of salvation” (854-857).  Odysseus finally realize he is not invincible. He learns to look upon the Gods for help instead of continually making his own choices that put him and his crew in dangerous situations.

 

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