What do we get out of it? The answer to these questions can only be answered by ourselves. But sometimes, we can figure out why other people go on quests and what they learn from them by reading their own story. In the epic The Odyssey by Homer, the main hero of the story, Odysseus, leaves Troy to go back home to Ithaca to see his family and to stop the suitors that have placed themselves in his house, although there are many challenges he faces. In the poem The Journey by Mary Oliver, the speaker of the poem, instead of trying to go back home
Odysseus hears from the mouths of his comrades, enemies, and family the significance of family over honor and wealth in battle. It is by his journey to Hades that Odysseus’ warrior mentality begins to “die” and his domestic mindset begins to take root once again . The further along in their adventures they go the more Odysseus’ men lose their trust towards their leader. Challenging his words and directly going against his warnings as seen in the cases when his men open the bag of winds gifted by Aeolus, master of the winds, and later when they eat the sacred cows of Helios. It is by Odysseus’ and his men’s arrogance and warrior drive that Odysseus loses more and more men till it is just him left.
The narrator writes after the death of her daughter where he is writing back to his brother. The narrator keeps in mind that he has an obligation to watch his brother but he tore apart by his emotions which are shifting from love to hate. The reason is, he is unable to accept fully that his brother can change as much as he cares about him. Since he was young, Sonny is haunted
They can also develop an appreciation for the life experiences of those who may be culturally or socially different from themselves. Throughout reading this book, the readers can feel that he or she experiences the historical setting and situation as all of the plots in this book is in real places and a definite period of time in history that the readers intends to know more about. ‘Jasin wants to be a Sultan’s guard after completing his training…decided to attend the trial six months ago.’ ‘Lowe despises outdoor activity,
From the onset of the book, death is a recurring event, persistent throughout the entire poem. In many ways, the Odyssey is the story of the death of all of Odysseus’ friends and fellow fighters during their return home from conquering Troy. These deaths are particularly heartbreaking to Odysseus because, normally, one would expect that all dying would conclude with the end of the war against Troy. In this case, however, the anticipation of his return to his family at home became a series of tragedies. This sequence of events changes his view and molds Odysseus’ character in regard to his surviving friends and family.
The Ancient Greek practice of “xenia” is highly valued, and in Homer’s The Odyssey the practice of “xenia” is vital to receive good one’s fate. For example, the cyclops, Polyphemus, does not value “xenia”, so instead of welcoming Odysseus and his crew, the monster decides to eat the men. As a consequence, he lost his sight, which was primarily from Polyphemus 's blatant disregard for the Ancient Greek practice. His fate could have easily been avoided if he had not eaten his visitors. Another example is when Nestor of Pylos and Menelaos of Sparta are both hospitable towards Telemakhos, granting him whatever he pleases on his quest.
He was expected to act like an adult though he was still considered a child. Inside, Holden was struggling with the conflict of reluctance to become and adult because he thought it meant leaving behind his brother. He was pushing aside the fact that people change, and that change was not always a bad thing. On July 18, 1946 Holden’s brother Allie died of leukemia, and he never got over it. “I slept in the garage the night he died, and I broke all the goddamn windows with my fist, just for the hell of it”(Salinger 44).
While they are eating, the king has his bard sing stories, which by coincidence are of the stories of Troy and Odysseus. Odysseus upon hearing the stories of what he has endured starts to cry. Then the king Alcinous inquires why his guest is crying. It is then Odysseus tells his host who he is and starts to tell him the story of how he got to where he is now. Odysseus immediately blames the gods, “What pains-the gods have given me my share.” In the eyes of Odysseus he has gone through a lot of pain and he doesn't understand why.
Possibly the most memorable quote is when Odysseus reveals his name to Polyphemus after having stabbed the cyclops in its eye. This shows Odysseus’s arrogance, and sets up the whole story for the rest of his conflicts. “When they had made fast the running gear all along the black ship, then they set up the mixing bowls, filling them brimful with wine, and poured to the gods immortal and everlasting but beyond all other gods they poured to Zeus’ gray-eyed daughter” (Book 2, 430-433). This was when Telemachus was leaving Ithaca to go to Pylos and see Nestor. They made an offering to Athena, ironically while she was in the ship disguised as Mentor.
Odysseus was also a clever and cunning man, but he was not a good leader to his men. First, Odysseus and his crew arrived on the island of the cyclops. The cyclops Polyphemus kills and eats a few people of the crew. Also when Odysseus and his crew had to face Scylla and Charybdis, more than seventy percent of the crew was killed. Then directly after their encounters with Scylla and Charybdis they landed on the Island of the sun god, Helios.
Blue Skin of the Sea takes place on The Big Island of Hawaii during 1953-1966. The story focuses on a boy named Sonny Mendoza who lost his mother when he was born. His father is always gone because of his job being a fisherman. Sonny stays with his Aunty Pearl and his cousin Keo which he is somewhat of a bully. The stories in this book show Sonny grow up as he has to face several different challenges.
He additionally requested a post-mortem after his death to check whether he had any physical issue that could have added to his issues. After Kathy returned home from work Whitman went to his mom 's flat and sooner or later, hushed her with an elastic hose bashed the back of her head and cut her in the midsection. He then collected a note communicating how upset he was for executing her mom however that she had sufficiently endured in life. He guided a significant part of the letter to his disregard for his dad for manhandling Margaret for such a large number of
Nevertheless, he reported is normally energize when he get sufficient sleep. The youth described his current mood as “mad” which is experienced daily, but lasts for only a few minutes and his affect was congruent. He denied feeling hopeless, thoughts of death, or isolation from others, but shared two incidents of which he felt hopeless. The first incident, when his father was arrested three years ago and second time was experiencing the death of his grandmother one month ago, which resulted in change in attitude as he states “I don’t care.” Moreover, the youth noted that he said he wanted to kill others, when he was 9 years of age, but he denied current active or passive homicidal/ suicidal ideation, plans, or intent and denied ever engaging in self-injury behavior. Additionally, the youth denied experiencing additional symptoms of mania such as grandiosity, being more talkative than usual, or racing thoughts.
Elie Wiesel goes through 2 years of inhumane treatment, but always looks forward, because he has his father. When the Holocaust starts to come to an end, his father dies from Dysentery, leaving Elie lifeless. Although, through all that hardship, he recovers and that family bond can preserve sanity, and never to give up on life. When Elie endured all of this, usually people lose their sanity, but not Elie, for he had his father through most of it. This quote shows that without his father, the only family he had left, he was just an empty shell.