The journey of Odysseus was a long and grueling time, but his love for Penelope was strong enough to get him home to her. He faced many trials on his journey home, facing many foes and many temptations. He was not alone on his journey, he was accompanied by his men, who fought with him during the Trojan war. Would his fellow soldiers endure?
Odysseus, one man on a journey to return home, goes through many struggles on his quest in which he “fought only to save his life, to bring his shipmates home… [but] their own recklessness destroyed them all” (951). The Odyssey is a story reflecting on Odysseus’s past 20 years of adventure, challenges, and battles as he struggles to return home. Written by Homer, it showcases the adventures of Odysseus one by one as he struggles on his quest. Character archetypes enhance the story by affecting Odysseus and his quest based on the traits of the archetype, either as a hindrance or help, including Circe the temptress, who evolves into a spiritual guide, gods playing the part of the mentor, and the many monsters he faces along the way that serve
In literature, a common process for the protagonist to go through is to go on a journey in order for them to develop as a character and to further the story as a whole. This idea of a character’s journey is notably seen in Homer’s The Odyssey, Dante’s Inferno, and Voltaire’s Candide. All three of these texts depict not only the protagonist going through a journey, but they also depict in very different ways these characters use their abilities to overcome obstacles in their path and learn from their mistakes to show their individual character development. In The Odyssey, Inferno, and Candide, Odysseus, Dante and Candide show three different ways how ????????
Imagine being apart from your family for over ten years, fighting for your life in a war, and in the many battles and problems you will face on your way home from war. Would you be able to fight a cyclops, pass a dangerous whirlpool and have to face the fact that your crew betrayed you? In the novel The Odyssey written by Homer, Odysseus must do all of these things and more. He has been away from his wife, son and many other family members for over ten years now, fighting for his life on his journey home after fighting in the Trojan war.
The Life in your Years I once read a quote written by Abraham Lincoln saying “In the end, it’s not about the years in your life that count”. “It’s the life in your years”. I agree with Lincoln because It’s not about how long you live, it’s what you do in your lifetime that makes it count and be rememerable. One thing in my life that will have a huge impact in my whole career is college because going to college is going to determine just what I want to do for the rest of my life as a career.
Life is full of obstacles that make us who we are. Obstacles come in all different shapes and sizes, from avoiding Sirens to resisting the temptation of eating a second cookie. In the book “The Odyssey” by Homer the obstacles Odysseus, the main character, faces are monsters as he journeys home to his kingdom, Ithaca. The Odyssey can be looked at like an allegory for the journey through life. I relate to Odysseus and his obstacles with monsters of my own as I strive to reach my goal of living a successful life.
A hero is one who portrays noble characteristics, willing to face obstacles and has the ability to handle both physical and mental strengths. It is difficult to play the role of a hero. Heroes take on a difficult role in the myths “Theseus” and “The Adventures of Odysseus” by Edith Hamilton. Heroes must be determined, as they cannot give up in the middle of the journey. They need to be courageous, as they have to overcome hazardous obstacles through their expedition.
Abraham Lincoln once said, “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.” In the travel novel The Cruelest Journey, Kira Salak makes the difficult decision of kayaking 600 miles to Timbuktu. The internal battle she overcame while on her trip proved to be significant in what she learned from her experiences. This quest included several mental aspects that affected Salak’s train of thought throughout the duration of her journey. The mental journey of a hero is set off when they develop and pursue an aspiration in mind, they begin to discover the type of person they truly are, and they are determined to avoid an uninteresting and stagnant life.
Kirke Kirke, the goddess that inhabits Aiaia, posed yet another obstacle in Odysseus’ journey back home to Ithaka. After landing on Aiaia, Odysseus sent a group of his men to explore the isle. The men soon came across a house surrounded by docile animals, they came across the goddess, Kirke, who lured all but Eurýmakhos into her house and turns the men into pigs. When Odysseus learned of how his men were tricked, he set off alone in order to save them from the goddess’ spell. With the help of Hermes, who supplied him with the molu in order to protect him from Kirke’s spell, he was able to catch the goddess off guard, and was able to make her turn his men back into human form after taking the goddess to bed and making her swear to do no more
Author Ursula K. LeGuin has said, “It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end”. Her statement implies that striving toward a goal or overcoming obstacles associated with a goal defines us as human beings and is more important than the goal itself. This can be seen in Homer’s epic Odyssey. In the Odyssey, Homer uses Odysseus’s journey to show how one’s journey can affect them as a person. One way Odysseus's journey affected him is by making his overwhelming desire to get home his primary focus.
Between water, floods, and sea travel, water can present itself in different functions and can be symbolic especially in the readings that we were required to read this past week. Throughout the texts, water was a major factor, but the two that I felt expressed water the most were in both the Bible (Genesis) and also the Odyssey. In both of these texts water, more specifically flooding for the Bible and sea travel in the Odyssey, represented different meaning and showcased itself through different images for the readers to grasp. Just between these two stories, it’s amazing how water can not only produce different forms throughout these stories, but after analyzing can also create different symbols and representations or interpretations.
Follow Your Dreams ft. Odysseus and Santiago Every kid has a dream, it could be being an astronaut, winning an Olympic gold medal, or being in the NBA. But as they grow up, they find it more difficult to achieve their dreams, due to things like school or work. Although there are those few individuals who accomplish their dream, the majority decide to just give up. The Alchemist, an epic narrative published in 1988 by Paulo Coelho, and an older epic poem, The Odyssey, composed in 800 B.C. by Homer, both demonstrate the idea that people should follow their dreams and never give up on them. Odysseus, the epic hero in The Odyssey, dreams about coming home to his wife who can also be looked at as his treasure.