Transformation In The Odyssey

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Revelations and transformations are the most important part of the Hero’s Journey. Without it, there’s no lesson learned or progress made. In Count of Monte Cristo, The Odyssey, and The Alchemist, the three heroes have many psychological, behavioral, and physical transformations. They all have different experiences, but learn something and change in the end. Edmond Dantes, Odysseus, and Santiago had profound revelations and transformations in their journeys.

Edmond Dantes had a less profound transformation in his hero’s journey. He is very focused on the revenge of his best friend, who stole his wonderful life from him and caused Dantes to be sent to a horrible prison and be beaten for years. “Don’t rob me of my hate- its all I have”, Edmond
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By killing all of the suitors, he reclaimed the life that was stolen from him, and reinstituted himself as King of Ithaca. Besides getting his revenge, Odysseus does have some physiological and behavioral transformations. While he was away from his life as king with his beautiful wife, newborn child, and peaceful lifestyle, he learned to appreciate his fortinality. “By nights he would lie beside her, of necessity, in the hollow caerns, against his will, by one who was willing, but all the days he would sit upon the rocks, at the seaside, breaking his heart in tears and lamentation and sorrow as weeping tears he looked out over the barren water.” (Homer Book 5 154-158), Odysseus longs for his life back home his entire journey. He also learns to be patient. When Odysseus returned to Ithaca, he could’ve very easily charged into his house and killed all the suitors, and probably would’ve died doing so. Instead, he thoughtfully planned out his revenge and executes it perfectly. Finally, during his 20 year adventure, Odysseus convinces himself, and proclaims, that he doesn 't need the gods to succeed. He overcomes his hubris and is humbled, and makes peace with the…show more content…
Throughout his journey, he unearths the truths of life, discovers his meaning of living, and what connects life all together. In the grand scheme of things, psychological changes are much more valuable than physical changes, and Santiago went from a shepherd boy with no view of the future to a man knowledgeable of the hidden truths all around us. Nevertheless, our three heroes are different men now than from when they began their
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