After the Trojan War, Odysseus shipwrecks on Kalypso's island, and lives far away from his family, without any contact. The loss of Odysseus bears a lot of weight on his loved ones. Telemachus “...inherit[s] trouble and pain…” (Homer, 9) from the loss of his father. Odysseus’ absence leaves Telemachus empty and without one of his parents needed to guide him through life.
After ten years of fighting in the Trojan War, Odysseus is forced to endure another ten years of hardship while on his journey to his homeland in Ithaca. In a dialogue between Telemachus and Menelaus, the King of Sparta, exclaims, “…no one of the Achaeans labored as much as Odysseus labored and achieved, and for him the end was grief for him…”(Odyssey). Menelaus’s examination of Odysseus not only displays his unyielding discipline and courage, but it also presents one of the fundamental dilemmas of the Greek belief system—that suffering is oftentimes certain and unavoidable. During Odysseus’s telling of his travels to the Phaeacians he recounts, “Dear friends, surely we are not unlearned in evils. This is no greater evil now than it was when the Cyclops had us cooped in his hollow cave by force and violence, but even there, by my courage and counsel and my intelligence, we escaped away” (Odyssey).
In the Odyssey, she partakes in the war against Troy, and supports Odysseus and his family. During the story, Telemachus needed to know about his father, and Athena disguised as an elder, gave Telemachus a ship and men, telling him to get supplies and leave at once. During that time, Odysseus was trapped on an island by Calypso, the banished nymph, for 7 years. Athena
When I was young my parents' got a divorce and this was a major conflict in my life. To me it was very challenging. As shown in The Odyssey, Odysseus faces many challenges through his long journey. For instance, he faced a major challenge against Scylla and Charybdis which is like my life challenge which is whether I agree or disagree if my parents choice was a good idea. Odyssey had to decide between a six headed monster and a whirlpool in the sea, which in both cases he would lose his crew.
After Rhea had given birth to Hades, Cronus had the fear that one of his sons would grow to be stronger than he could ever be and overthrow him. So, he swallowed each one after each birth. Zeus got raised by a goat for many years, and when he was a grown man he decided to save his brothers. Once they were regurgitated, the three of them fought their titan father and won.
When coming back from the war most people mistreat the veterans that just fought for our country. In the poem, Odysseus by Homer, after winning the war in Troy they remain in combat mode. Odysseus and his men have to travel a long way to travel over the sea to get back home. While the men are still in combat mode as they travel back they stop at an island and let loose.
Throughout human history mythology impacts our world by shaping mankind. In the society of today myths remain important because they provide us with answers that technology cannot. Myths serve as indications of human creativity, stories that are impact our minds and our existence. The Greek myth, The Odyssey is a popular Greek myth that serves an important purpose since it is depicted in school books, comic books, art, and in the theatre. While reading The Odyssey it demonstrates how to learn from some of the difficult situations and it specifically quotes, “Athena, in the guise of an old family friend, tells the contending parties to live together in peace down through the years to come” (The Odyssey 24).
I believe Socrates’ views on life can be used by many to improve their lives. Many people today have become so materialistic in way that is unhealthy for the soul. People neglect their soul and do whatever they please because they think a life full of pleasures is a good life. This is not true though, a good life in today’s society is one that is lived in a modified Socratic way. We must continue to seek the universal truths and become a more complete human being as Socrates said, but also find a way to incorporate technology to benefit ourselves and not hinder us.
He gives an excellent example on how too much technology can change the way humans would see one another. People should not have their lives focused on advanced technology because it could control their lives in the future. Even though people may think their existence should be focused around technology, it can change
Many people rely on a sense of linear time, oftentimes looking at life as a timeline of early years, middle years, and then eventual death. To deal with this, many may make to-do lists and attempt to “manage time”. This sense of time is known as chronos, named after a Greek titan who was overthrown by his father and cast into Tartarus, a prison for titans, where he still ticks. One is always able to feel the effects of the ticking clock, and time may feel like a burden. Despite this linear understanding of time, the Greeks understood that life is not a rut, and thus developed a different sense of time known as kairos.
Easily tempted by a challenge. Odyssey had many strengths. Also, he had weaknesses that will lead him to face conflicts in the future. His strengths, weaknesses, and conflicts put his men through a life changing experience. Odyssey has numerous strengths.