In book twelve of The Odyssey, the main character, Odysseus, is confronted with three obstacles that he and his crew must conquer in order to get home to Ithaca. The first of the three obstacles that Odysseus and his crew must face are the sirens and their enchanting melody. This obstacle is the easiest one for the war heroes to conquer, all they have to do is plug their ears and sail past the siren’s island. Odysseus adds a twist by having himself tied to the mast of his ship where he can here the song, but cannot be drawn to his death. After the sirens Odysseus and his men only have to face one of the two following obstacles: the monster Scylla, or the natural phenomenon Kharybdis. Before Odysseus and his men made their journey through these obstacles Odysseus was forewarned of the dangers ahead. Instead of informing his men of their possible death, he kept his knowledge to himself. In the moral standards that people use in the late twentieth century, Odysseus’ decision not to tell his crew about the dangers that lay ahead of them was unethical. However, in the standards of Greece in Odysseus’ time period it more than likely was a moral action. Knowing both of these facts, how should we, as readers, interpret Odysseus’ decision?
Odysseus made his decision because he believed that his crew would not go through the cliffs that house Scylla and Kharybdis. Odysseus was probably correct in his judgment of his men’s willingness to face death. As the commander he has the right to make decisions of this caliber. The idea of a commander having the ability to decide whether or not the crew lives is another moral issue. Personally, I’m not sure what the rules regarding this are in the United States’ armed forces today. Besides what our armed forces think, I don’t think that the idea of a commander having the kind of authority to decide whom dies and who lives is moral.
Besides the idea that Odysseus, as a commander, has the authority to decide the fate of his crew, there is the issue of the reasons behind his decision. I believe that he based his decision to put his crew’s lives at risk on his own need to get home to Ithaca. Therefore, according to Odysseus’ logic, he wants to go home much more than his men because he thought that his crew would abandon the ship if he told them of their fate. Whereas he is willing to face the dangers of the obstacles ahead in order to get home. To me this is a selfish decision on the part of Odysseus, to sacrifice his crew, or some of it, so that he can get home.

In conclusion, Odysseus made a decision not to tell his crew about the dangers that lay ahead of them based on several things. He thought that they would refuse to face death because they didn’t think that getting home was worth the risk. He had the right to do this because he was their commander. Still, no matter which moral system you look through, past or present, Odysseus did not tell his crew about the dangers they would face due to personal reasons. He didn’t tell his crew that six, maybe even more of them, would die all because he wanted to go home to Ithaca.

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In the poem The Odyssey by Homer a guy, Odysseus, goes on a journey with his crew in search for treasure. On their way they have to face a lot of conflicts and trials. One of their trials is interfacing the Cyclops. The Cyclops is out with his sheep and Odysseus, with his crew, go into the cave not knowing the cave belonged to the Cyclops. The way they got on the island in thefirst place is because Odysseus wanted to see the cavemen. Not knowing where they were going ended up in the Cyclops’ cave. As they were in the Cyclops’ cave messing around with all of his things the Cyclops showed up and shut the rock door not knowing that Odysseus and his crew were in the cave. When he turned around he was shocked to see that there were humans in his cave because all the humans were scared of him for humans is what the Cyclops eats whenever he can. He sits down to eat Odysseus and his crew but before he could Odysseus side-tracked the Cyclops and asked him if he has ever drinkin wine. The Cyclops replies “no” and so Odysseus gives him a glass. The Cyclops enjoys it and thanks Odysseus. He then grabs one of Odysseus’ guys and eats him. The rest of the crew and Odysseus get scared. But being as brave and prideful as he was he made a plan to get out. Since they were too small and weak to open the rock door they had to figure something out to where the Cyclops opens the rock door but not knowing that Odysseus and his crew are not leaving. So Odysseus come up with this plan to carve a large wood spear and jab it through the Cyclops’ eye. So Odysseus did so and the Cyclops became blind in his eye. The Cyclops feels his way to the rock door and pushes it open. Odysseus and his crew start trying to get without the Cyclops knowing. Most of the crew gets out but the Cyclops knows that they are getting out along with his sheep and catches some of the guys in the crew and eats them. Odysseus and most of his crew get out and get back to the boat and his cr…