Odysseus 'Journey Home In Homer's The Odyssey'

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Odyssey Essay Draft In “The Odyssey” by Homer Odysseus is trying to get home after ten years at war. The “Hero's Journey” by Joseph Campbell represents the struggles Odysseus faces on his journey home. Some of those struggles were the many years at sea, his encounter with the cyclops and the suitors he faces when he gets home. In “The Odyssey” by Homer Odysseus must enter the unknown, get help from a supernatural aid, and must master the two worlds on his journey home.

Odysseus has to journey into the unknown after his encounter with the cyclops, he said “O’hear me lord blue girdler of the island, If i am thine indeed and thou father; I grant Odysseus raider of cities to never see his home again”(Homer 575). This quote supports the journey into the unknown because he is entering a world he has never seen before from being cursed. The next quote is from “Hero’s Journey,” Campbell wrote “heros enter a world they have never experienced before”(Campbell 1). This quote supports the idea of entering the unknown because he has to go through many trials on his journey back to Ithaca.

Odysseus is getting supernatural aid from Athena. When Odysseus is telling his son Telemachus his plan to fight the suitors he will have “Athena counseling me” (Homer 599). This quote supports the idea of
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Odysseus has mastered two worlds because “now from his breasts into his eyes the ache of longing mounted, and he wept at last, his dear wife, clear and faithful in his arms” (Homer 616). This quote supports the idea of mastering the two worlds because he has defeated the challenge of getting home and the challenge of fighting the suitors, he was finally reunited with his wife. The next quote is from “Hero’s Journey” and “the hero’s quest is life changing, for them and many others” (Campbell 4). This quoted supports the idea of mastering the two worlds because he has completed his quest and is reunited with his son and
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