History, Symbolism, and Characters in Homer’s The Odyssey

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In The Odyssey, it takes Odysseus twenty years to make it home from the Trojan War. On his journey home, he runs into many obstacles and creatures that he must overcome. He encounters the sirens, the Cyclops, and others. Each event in this epic poem has a symbolic meaning behind it. Homer writes about the history, symbolism, and the characters in The Odyssey. The Odyssey is about the Greek gods and heroes and their adventures (Makman). Odysseus is the main character, and he is going on a quest that takes him several years to complete. Homer’s story, the Odyssey, arises many questions in the later years of its readers (Thornton). Homer’s work is has such an impact on poets and literary works today that no one could match his work in the Odyssey (Nerdahl). It has been a while since the first English translation has been made (Wolfe). Book 5 of the Odyssey plays a very important role in the story for later chapters to come (Frank). Book 5 is very important because Athene asks Zeus to go easy on Odysseus, so he sends messenger Hermes to Kalypso's, so they will let Odysseus go (Frank). In the Odyssey, Odysseus is thrown into a mythical, different world after coming home from the Trojan War. He loses all of his army to these creatures of a wide variety on his mythical quest (Sale, “Homer”). The creatures he encounters can be quite scary but the will power to get home and help from the gods will guide him to the correct path, all while he and the reader learn meanings behind it all The whole theme behind the Odyssey is all based on his symbolic encounters with each creature and how he overcomes them (Sale, “Odyssey”). In The Odyssey, there are symbolic meanings throughout his quest, and everything he encounters means something for ... ... middle of paper ... ...rdahl, Michael. "Pouring the wrong wax in the literary mold: Plutarch's Mdrius and Homer's Odyssey." College Literature 35.4 (2008): 110+. Literature Resources from Gale. Web. 14 Jan. 2014. Sale, William Merritt. "Homer: Overview." Reference Guide to World Literature. Ed. Lesley Henderson. 2nd ed. New York: St. James Press, 1995. Literature Resources from Gale. Web. 14 Jan. 2014. Sale, William Merritt. "The Odyssey: Overview." Reference Guide to World Literature. Ed. Lesley Henderson. 2nd ed. New York: St. James Press, 1995. Literature Resources from Gale. Web. 22 Jan. 2014. Thornton, Bruce S. "Clever, enduring Odysseus." Claremont Review of Books Winter 2008: 45+. Literature Resources from Gale. Web. 14 Jan. 2014. Worman, Nancy. "Odysseus Panourgos: The Liar's Style in Tragedy and Oratory." Helios 26.1 (1999): 35+. Literature Resources from Gale. Web. 14 Jan. 2014.
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