Similes In The Odyssey

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Feeling the need to learn more about yourself is something in which many of us have felt before, yet in what way do we approach trying to accomplish this? In both pieces, The Odyssey by Homer and The Journey by Mary Oliver, the main character undertakes a journey that teaches them about who they are, what they’re worth, and what they are capable of. In the Odyssey, Odysseus proved himself as a strong and great leader. Whilst on his journey back home, he comes across several different obstacles that he has to battle, face to face with them. In the end he defeats these challenges and reaches his ultimate goal, returning home. Similarly in the poem The Journey, the character proves to herself, that she is a strong, independent perseverer. The…show more content…
In The Odyssey, when Odysseus is speaking to the Cyclops, the one eyed son of Poseidon, the Cyclops suggests that he is embarking on a risky mission, through the use of a simile. “You wandering rogues, who cast your lives like dice, and ravage other folk by sea.” (Homer 1. 157-158) This shows that it was obvious and noticeable to others that he was taking dangerous risks. This is a way of recognizing how they are testing their limits, because they are risking their lives by embarking on their journey, which can be a very dangerous and deadly. Similarly, throughout a metaphor, the message in The Journey is also shown that way. They show us the great struggles that she was forced to endure, until she finally reached her goal in the end. “But you didn’t stop. You knew what you had to do, though the wind pried with its stiff fingers at the very foundations.” (Lines 12-16) The struggle keeping the character back is shown deeply through the usage of the words ‘pried’ and ‘stiff’ she demonstrates a worsened and forceful struggle. It is telling us that once she finally departs from what is holding her back, and she releases that, she will be able to attain her goal. It shows us her realization that when you persevere through the roughest part of your journey you can succeed in reaching your
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