When Penelope is retrieving Odysseus’s bow, she opens the door by inserting the key “aiming straight and true” (Od. 21. 55). Odysseus then uses the bow, with the arrow “aiming straight and true” (Od. 21. 468). The repetition of the line show the connection between Penelope’s and Odysseus’s interactions with the bow. The true in “aiming straight and true” refers to the arrow staying true to the course the archer plans.
One lesson that applies to both The Odyssey and today is you have to stay on track and not let distractions keep you from your goals, Odysseus learns this all throughout the book. A few examples would be when the Lotus Eaters were trying to lure in him and his men to eat the lotus plant. He stayed on track by getting the men he could off the island and not falling into the Lotus Eater’s trap (897). Another example would be when he was in Circe’s Hall when she tried to make the men forget about going home. He showed how he stayed on track and not getting distracted when he tried getting as many men as he could out of the trap and eating a plant to help him not turn into an animal (918).
Movie(s): Ulysses (1955); The Odyssey (1997) In the movie The Odessey, there are some differences that are shown than that is written in the book. In the book more men were eaten by the cyclops: where as in the movie only two or three were eaten. Also, in the Cyclops scene only one Cyclops is shown, in the book many chase the men. Next, in the book Odysseus and his men visit the island of the Lotus Eaters that does not occur in the film.
In the epic poem, The Odyssey, the hero Odysseus shows many heroic traits, but the most important trait is restraint. The first episode when Odysseus shows restraint is when they land of the land of the lotus eaters. Odysseus could have stayed there and got super high and addicted and been happy on lotus for the rest of forever, but instead he got his men and he went back to his ship because he knew that he had a job to do. He had to have a lot of restraint to stop from trying out the lotus.
Chester Li Hodge English 9B 23 May 2016 Unit 7: Reading Activity "An Ancient Gesture" What is the "ancient gesture"? I think the “ancient gesture is when someone wiping his/her tears out of the the eyes by using his/her apron. I know this because the writer mentions Penelope and she have done the same thing--wipe their eyes with the apron.
For centuries people have been trying to figure out one main question. Is there more in reality than can be perceived by the senses? Prime Reality is asking if it is an open or closed system? Is matter eternal? Are there gods, one God, or nothing.
Journeys always have a reasoning behind them, no matter if it is physical, mental or spiritual; they have a lesson learned from it. “The Odyssey” includes many great examples from the journey Odysseus went on. Going on a journey could be inspired by a goal to be reached, a state of mentality, or just to oneself or others. Primarily, characters or real people set off on a journey to feel a sense of accomplishment, or even to earn something. In “The Odyssey” Odysseus went on an expedition to fight in the Trojan War, but then it became a journey to return to his wife, son and Ithaca, his homeland.
I believe that the physical elements of the performance were effective in demonstrating the setting in every scene perform by the actors of the play. Sometimes the actors will carry a hat, a pig nose, or a giant eye in their forehead to personalize the characters that they were playing. For example, an actress wore a giant eye on her forehead, which help the audience to identify her as the cyclops. Tables, chairs, lights, and speakers were the main physical elements on the stage. The setting was being manipulated by the actors, sometimes they will move the table to one side, or towards the middle in order to build a particular setting.
In epic Greek poems, gods have a major influence in the overall storyline and the Odyssey is no exception. The gods and goddesses constantly are appearing sometimes in a disguised form, but all nonetheless crafting the scenes to their accord so that they may offer gratitude for the mortal’s loyalty or to gain revenge for their disloyalty. Not only do they alter events, but people also alter their actions while keeping the appeasement of gods in mind. By paying respect to the gods, the characters express much more than a simple gesture of reverence; instead, it is also a way of showing compassion for something other than themselves. Odysseus strategically exploits his devotion to the gods in various scenes in a way to improve his own character
Prophets and prophecies abound in Western literature. From the ancient texts designed for people of all walks of life— such as Homer’s Odyssey and Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, to more modern works targeted to specific audiences— such as the Harry Potter and Gregor the Underlander series, authors have employed the literary device of prophecies to entice the reader to stay with the story. Instead of telling the reader outright what is going to happen, or how a situation will play out, the author offers a prophecy of some kind to the reader. Such prophecies are generally ambiguous, and often the reader is left confused as to what is actually going to happen. By using this technique, the author piques the interest of the reader yet allows for the