The Challenges In Homer's The Odyssey And The Journey

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Chuck Norris, a famous American artist, actor, film producer, and screenwriter has found “that anything worth achieving will always have obstacles in the way and you've got to have that drive and determination to overcome those obstacles on route to whatever it is that you want to accomplish” (Chuck Norris Quotes). This quote relates to the two poems, The Odyssey and “The Journey”, which discuss the difficulties of achieving a goal. In both poems, the main characters are faced with many obstacles that they must overcome. They do eventually defeat these obstacles through determination. The Odyssey focuses on the obstacles that Odysseus has to overcome in order to make it back to his homeland, Ithaca. Odysseus and his men struggle every single day to fight past the hardships that they must face. After two decades he is finally able to return to his wife Penelope, who has been grieving every since he left. “The Journey” has a similar plot. It is about the struggles that one must confront throughout life. The speaker struggles with focusing on herself and finds it hard to move past the harmful words of others. Odysseus faces many…show more content…
Odysseus’s quest has a more figurative connotation than the speaker of “The Journey”, due to the fact that he is dealing with witches, monsters, and gods. Despite this, both of these characters face rivals that try to keep them from achieving their goals. They learn to accept that there are people in life that are just disrespectful and selfish. In most cases, it is very difficult to change someone's true behavior. The quests that they venture on also teach them that perseverance and dedication is the only way to overcome their problems. After this epiphany, both characters are able to break free of the barriers that others have created and maintain a free
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