A trip that changed my life for the better, one that shaped me into the young man I am today. The Odyssey was a trip that taught me lessons no classroom, teacher, textbook or video could have ever taught me. Seconds turned into minutes and minutes turned into hours the bus ride couldn’t have been any longer. There was nothing but excitement while driving down with the bags packed and loaded and my classmates by my side. My Odyssey started with me beside one of my closest friends Hannah, which as the Odyssey continued I was taught that people enter and leave your life very quickly. Hannah and I sat, talked and napped the 5 hour bus ride away. While we were awake we waited patiently for the bus too stop and let us off and for the driver to …show more content…
There was nothing but excitement while driving down with the bags packed and loaded and my classmates by my side. My Odyssey started with me beside one of my closest friends Hannah, which as the Odyssey continued I was taught that people enter and leave your life very quickly. Hannah and I sat, talked and napped the 5 hour bus ride away. While we were awake we waited patiently for the bus too stop and let us off and for the driver to announce that we have reached our destination. While on the bus the teachers and councillors gave the entire bus a series of strict instructions. As usual I wasn't paying attention to their words, but two points in particular caught my attention and caused me to stop talking for a brief moment. The first point being that this trip is meant to strengthen us more than just physically but also our mental state and our bonds and friendships with one another, the second point was that this trip should teach us to value the little things in life and all that we have and we should be detoxed from technology and separated from society. Besides those two points the rest of them had been drowned out by the talking of my peers and my own voice. Besides just voices at that time the only thing that occupied my mind was the seat I was in, Hannah, and getting off the bus. Our seats where the fourth row back on the right side of the bus, I remember everything down to the cluttered pile of trash we had, and the graphic on the chairs. The seats were a mixture of light and dark blues, and had speckles of yellow and orange lines going through it. The chairs also had a very wooly and rough texture that brought two different emotions one being comfort and the other displeasure. Our seats also had an assortment of trash in the front pouch of the seat, the trash ranged from juice boxes we had finished to half eaten candy bars. I was seated in the aisle with
The epic poem, The Odyssey, by Homer, is about the events that happen after The Iliad. It tells the story of Odysseus and his journey home from the Trojan War. Odysseus, the King of Ithaca, encounters forces that are external and internal. These forces prevent him from returning to his homeland and achieving nostos. Although many different forces impact Odysseus’ journey home, internal forces such as recklessness and temptations hinder Odysseus and his crew from their homecoming far more greatly than external forces.
In the Hero’s journey, The Odyssey, the main protagonist, Odysseus, changes in a way which helps him gain self-knowledge. Odysseus ' experiences transformed his personality from how he was in the beginning to the end, by leading him through a heroic journey, also known as a quest. The real reason for a quest never involves the stated reason, and this is no different with Odysseus. As the story developed, many of Odysseus’ sides were exposed through the challenges he faced. Out of the countless dangers and obstacles every step back home, him and his crew have only acquired minimal character changes. Even though they are minimal, they are those which take many decades to achieve.
“Our life’s journey of self-discovery is not a straight-line rise from one level of consciousness to another. Instead, it is a series of steep climbs, and flat plateaus, then further climbs. Even though we all approach the journey from different directions, certain of the journey’s characteristics are common for all of us.” Author Stuart Wilde’s impression of journeys and their shared commonalities supports the claim that all journeys have a motive and an outcome. In the epic poem, The Odyssey by Homer, Odysseus sets off to defeat Troy, leaving his wife and child behind. After accomplishing his goal, Odysseus faces many problems while trying to return him and his crew back home to Ithaca. Similar to Odysseus’s physical journey, the goal in
The Odyssey involved many current-day characteristics of man including a dependence on others, the existence of a greater vision, or lack of it, and asensitive side found behind courage and pride. Today people still face these problems and must work to overcome them. Man must learn to survive on his own determination and strengths instead of others. Man must also learn to see a greater vision and look at the big picture rather than the moment. Lastly, man must decide with whom he wants to share his feelings of fear, love, and despair so he can experience a greater fulfillment in life.
The ancient Greeks have brought upon numerous ideas, inventions, and stories to the world. Greek mythology influences modern day literature and life. The Odyssey is an epic poem written by Homer, which tells the story of Odysseus's journey home after the Trojan War. Odysseus does not achieve his goal of reaching home so easily; monsters and gods come in his way and hinder him. The Odyssey expresses Greek values of hospitality from the customs of Ithaca, humility from Odysseus’s reform, and loyalty from Odysseus’s family.
In the intricate and complex epic poem, “The Odyssey”, Odysseus’s main goal was to reach his home, Ithaca. Even though all of his thoughts were turned towards his family and home, he learns many lessons along the way. Odysseus's greatest learning experiences were in his journey, not his destination. The quote “the experiences of the voyage itself were more meaningful for Odysseus than his arrival home,” truly depicts that Odysseus’s experiences and confrontations with others throughout the journey contributes to his moral values and life lessons.
is sometimes called a “journey.” Journeys need not always involve physical travel; one may cover much ground without ever leaving home. Choose two or more characters from the Odyssey and discuss how their travels (physical, emotional, imaginative, spiritual etc.) help to shape, develop, and transform them.
In the epic poem, “The Odyssey” by Homer, do you ever wonder if Odysseus would have made it back to Ithaca without the help of the gods, goddesses, and kings? Odysseus’ journey all starts when Helen is kidnapped by Paris of Troy and he and an abundance of other men have to sail to Troy to bring her back which causes the outbreak of the Trojan War. After the war, Odysseus leaves Troy with his mutineers and encounters the master of winds, Aeolus who gives Odysseus a leather bag of wind to ensure them of getting home safely. The men believed the bag had valuable gems in it and when opening it, the winds flew out and the resulting storm drove the ship back the exact way they had came, sadly Ithaca was already in sight. Back where
After reading this essay one can see how The Odyssey main character Odysseus faces struggles and hardships that only make him stronger.He learns to be more cautious than he was and he truly shows how much he wants to return to Ithaca and learns who is faithful to
Most works of literature have their characters embarking on a journey or journeys to reach a desired location whether it is mentally or physically. These journeys do not stand alone but contribute to the piece as a whole. The Kite Runner focuses on Amir taking on life in his suffering country to moving to a land granting great opportunity and ultimately returning home to complete a deed that would stabilize him for the remainder of his life. In the epic The Odyssey, Odysseus or Ulysses in the Latin form takes on many challenges on the dangerous sea attempting to return home to Ithaca after being victorious in the Trojan War. Traveling can also reunite characters once again as it did for Amir and Hassan in The Kite Runner or bring together two such as Telemachus and Pisistratus in The Odyssey. “This journey has brought us together still more closely” (Homer 15.59-60). Characters walk through the journeys authors create on pages and typically change for the better or reach an ultimate goal.
It was the middle of the night when my mother got a phone call. The car ride was silent, my father had a blank stare and my mother was silently crying. I had no idea where we were headed but I knew this empty feeling in my stomach would not go away. Walking through the long bright hallways, passing through an endless amount of doors, we had finally arrived. As we
The Odyssey is filled with emotion and adventure. Homer’s ability to show and give the reader a visual of each and every scene gives the story its unbelievable significance. To all the people who read his work there is something to be captured within every sentence, each one different in its own, unique way. Through tales of courage and defeat, friendship and love this book tells of all the values within the life of a single, solitary man, and his journey to attain what is true and dear to him. And this journey is known to all of us as The Odyssey. The Odyssey is a test of human devotion and trust through the gods, the mortals, and the obstacles through which they venture. No matter where they go or what they do, humans are tested for certain characteristics everyday of their lives, whether they realize it or not; and The Odyssey is just one of those many miraculous tests.
The first day I went to that big building, I won’t lie, I was a bit intimidated. Finding all of my classes and new people everywhere convinced me that I was such a small person. At the midway point of my day, I arrived at lunch. A couple people sitting at a table in the center of the room were talking about video games. I knew that I could fit well in with that group immediately. Little did I know, they accepted me and we became inseparable. This relates to The Odyssey in many ways. The first way is that the first day of school to me was like the struggles Odysseus felt when he first left Ithaca. “Begin when all the rest who left behind them headlong death in battle or at sea had long returned, while he alone still hungered for home and wife...raging cold and rough against the brave king till he came ashore at last on his own land” (Homer 90). He probably feared that he would lose the war or lose his love Penelope, but he had hope and made his way back to her. On my first day, I couldn’t see the horizon or getting past the fears in my life, but after pushing through a little longer I saw a light. I met some friends that I could share my struggles with and would support me, this gave me hope. This is how these events relate to The
Most are familiar with the great and perilous journey the clever Odysseus undertook after conquering the Trojans in the Trojan War. Although his legacy was passed down orally by many generations, the Greek poet Homer eventually gathered all the stories and compiled them into a single epic poem of Odysseus' adventures; this poem is known today as The Odyssey. The story begins after the Greeks ingeniously fool the Trojans into taking them into their city and as a result, emerge victorious from the prolonged war. Odysseus begins the road back to his family and home in Ithaca, expecting it to only take a few years. However, he comes across various obstacles such as monsters and temptations that hinder and extend his absence from Ithaca to two