Duckling In The Odyssey

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Truth of a Journey Jose Rizal, an ophthalmologist back at the end of the Spanish colonial period, stated, “He who does not know how to look back at where he came from will never get to his destination.” If never reflecting on the journey, the goal a person is working toward will not ever be achieved, which makes the journey matter more than the destination. When reflecting on a trip a person can learn lessons to improve situations outside a journey which, can help develop traits within a person, and helping one identify and work on our weaknesses. Lessons are a constant in life, especially when traveling along a journey. When learning a lesson on a journey the destinations are not any more important. In “The Cyclops” section of The Odyssey…show more content…
In the story of “The Ugly Duckling” the main character the duckling develops the trait of acceptance of who he was. As a hatchling the duckling has everyone turning their heads when passing by because of the “hideous” appearance. The struggle the young duckling experiences includes teasing from all encountered and seclusion, which over a the next year built a strong character for duck. When spring finally came along, the duckling could not take the bullying anymore and decides to fly with the majestic swans. The duckling pumped himself up by saying, “they will kill me because I am so ugly, and dare to approach them; but it does not matter: better to be killed by them than pecked by the ducks, beaten by the hens, pushed about by the maiden who feeds the poultry, or starved with hunger in the winter” (Andersen 33). By this time in the story the duckling had developed more self confidence within himself not really caring what others think. While building himself up the duckling did have some self deprecation, nevertheless when off on his own he learned only to care what he thought not really about what others did because only he could build himself up while others attempted to tear him down, and that there is a guarantee someone to tear him down. The duckling had undergone so much and just wanted to live, so a trait developed as self acceptance. In the end, if the duckling had not gone on his journey the development of this trait would not have
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