Loyalty And Heroism In Homer's Odyssey

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The book Odyssey is one of the oldest books in literature. In the book it teaches lessons about loyalty, hospitality, and vengeous. For example, the myth of Argos, Odysseus trains Argos as a puppy to make him brave and strong. Then, Odysseus leaves for war and gets lost for twenty years until he finally comes home to find out his dog was not taken care of or treated kindly. They only reunite for a short while until Argos passes away. Artist Theodor Van Thulden and poet Alexander Pope explain this tale in more detail by showing the loyalty and heroism that Argos has and that the other people from Ithaca never cared to stay loyal to Odysseus like they should have. In the painting Argos Recognizes Odysseus, by Theodor Van Thulden uses the myth…show more content…
Alexander Pope was born in London, England on May 21, 1688. Alexander and his family were Roman Catholics. Because he was Batholic he was not able to attend Universities. (“Alexander Pope.” Britannica school) Pope was also discriminated against for being catholic. (“Alexander Pope.” Hutchinson’s Biography Database) Alexander was mostly self-taught from the age of 12. (“Alexander Pope” Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia) He could read French, Greek, Italian, and Latin as a boy. (“Alexander Pope” Britannica school) In 1700 ALexander moved to Binfield. (“Alexander Pope” Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia) One of Alexander's earliest writings was “Ode on Solitude” and it is said he wrote it at age 12. (“Alexander Pope” Britannica school) “Before he was 17 Pope was admitted to London society and encouraged as a prodigy” (“Alexander Pope” Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia) His poem “An Essay on Criticism” was published in 1711. (“Alexander Pope” Britannica school) In 1717 he published “Elegy on the Death of an Unfortunate Lady” and “Eloisa to Abelard.” (“Alexander Pope” Hutchinson’s Biography Database) Alexander’s father died shortly after moving from Binfield to Chiswick in 1717. Because Alexander studied so much and didn't exercise, he developed a curved spine and some tubercular infection. His deformity kept him from much physical activity so he focused more on reading and writing. He had to deal with headaches all his life. (“Alexander Pope” Britannica school) Pope was amember of the scriblerus club. Further into the 18th century pope was called bitter and unpoetic because he was adding romanticism. Because of pope being so popular the critics would pay close attention to him. (“Alexander Pope” Hutchinson’s Biography Database) Early descriptive poetry, magnificent, and satires, and moral poems were Alexander’s three main types of poetry he would write about. Alexander became very wealthy after
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