2209 Do any of those readers of the Odyssey ever consider the sufferings and trials that Irus probably went through before he was immortalized in Homers’ epic drama? No, they do not give him a thought. The book is opened and the passage read by some high school student, and once again Irus had to take his beating. Irus is just like Prometheus rolling his rock up his mountain. But nobody mocks or ridicules Prometheus, we all feel sorry for him, and more than that, we can’t help but identify with him.
2210. Who identifies with Irus, or Leon for that matter. Nobody, they are truly outcasts. They do not even rise to the lever of being anti-heroes. Their entire reason for existing is just to illicit our contempt. They exist on the world’s stage for a meager few moments for us to savor their humiliation. Their only crime having been to brag and swagger. But Otis, being the kind of wolf he was, could not bring himself to look down on Leon, and said to himself, “There but for fortune go I.”