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Differences Between Kick And The Odyssey

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Kylie Plichta
Mr. Kawel
English 6
15 January 2017
An Epical Journey Between Times
Only certain people can and will be challenged to the point where they do not know where to turn or what to do, these people become heroes. Kick by Walter Dean Meyers and Ross Workman is similar to Odyssey by Homer. The two stories have one main thing in common, the both show a story of a journey to becoming a hero. The main difference between the two is that Kick was written in 2011 and Odyssey was spoke of in the eighth century, so about a three thousand year difference. Odysseus in the Odyssey is forced to leave home and fight in a war where he is far away from home and goes through many obstacles to get home. In Kick, Kevin gets into some trouble and has to rediscover and find himself while being sued for “kidnapping” and “stealing”. Homer’s Odyssey and Walter Dean Meyers and Ross Workman’s Kick both tell an a heroic transformation between two very different
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Odysseus had to go to fight in the Trojan War, but he did not want to because he did not know if he would return or not to be able to be the father he could be to his new son Telemachus. Odysseus’ departure is best described in Book 9. “...Odysseus was a homebody. He prefered not to go to war...”(643). Odysseus just did not want to go to war, little did he know it was the beginning of his heroic journey.
The quest part of a heroic change is one of the most challenging part of a hero’s journey. Odysseus went through a lot in his quest, one main problem Odysseus faced was facing the Calypso. “Calypso was a goddess who kept Odysseus on the island and made him act in a way that Odysseus did not want to act in. For Odysseus to overcome this stage in his journey Hermes, the messenger god, had to order Calypso to let him go” (652). Even though Odysseus was a hero he still need all the help he could get from the
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