Ajax In The Odyssey

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I have seen many a strange things since our editor sent me to join Ajax’s, son of Telamon, unit at the beginning of this war. But nothing compares to the events of the past seventy-two hours. It all began with a long battle between Ajax and Odysseus over who would inherit Achilles’ panoply. Odysseus was declared the winner after giving an incredible speech. Just in the neck of time too, as we were supposed to leave for home the next day. But in the middle of the night, I heard a distressing cry. Quickly I arose, fearful that the enemy was among us. The cry came again, but this time it sounded like my commander saying, “Alas! Woe, woe!” (Line 333) Faithfully, I rushed over to his tent with my feather, ink, and Cyprus in one hand with my…show more content…
How do you feel on the matter? The Greek Times: “I would not so repay him with dishonor as to deny that of the Greeks who came to Tory, no hero so valiant save Achilles have I seen. So it is not thou shouldst dishonor him.” (Lines 1338 – 1342) The Greek Times: But this was a man who went after your blood. Why show compassion? Odysseus: “I hated him when hate was honorable.” (Line 1347) “This man was once my foe, yet he was noble.” (Line 1355) The Greek Times: If this is too personal you don’t have to answer, but what role will you have in the funeral and when will it take place? Odysseus: “I will join in burying this dead man, and share in all due rites omitting none which mortal men to noblest heroes owe.” (Lines 1379 – 1381) Funeral will take place tomorrow at dawn before we set out for home.

Rebecca McKenney is a Greek Times special reporter who has served as a field reporter for Ajax, son of Telamon, since the beginning of the war. Work Cited
Sophocles. "Ajax." The Complete Greek Drama. Ed. Whitney J. Oates and Eugene O'Neill, Jr. 15th ed. Vol. 1. New Yok: Random House Incorporated, 1938. 311-61.

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