Odysseus Hero's Journey Archetype

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The Odyssey, by Homer and translated by Robert Fitzgerald, is an epic poem written about 3000 years ago. It is essentially a sequel to the Iliad, as it tells of the story of a Greek man named Odysseus and his ten year journey back home to Ithaca, after the Trojan War. It also follows the story of his estate and his wife Penelope which are both being fought over by the suitors that have occupied his palace and are consuming his goods. Along with his son, Telemachus, who is set out on a journey to uncover the whereabouts of his father by the Greek goddess Athena. The epic also gives insight to many of the classic Greek ideals that Odysseus embodies and other Greek virtues and values that are explored through the story of Odysseus’s journey back home. A striking resemblance is seen between Odysseus’s characteristics and many of the characteristics we see in heroes in modern culture and entertainment today. Another striking resemblance is that of the journey of Odysseus and how closely it follows that of the Hero’s Journey archetype. Although some of these Greek ideals still maintain to be relevant, others are…show more content…
The main reason The Odyssey continues to be culturally relevant is due to the plot summary and how closely it follows the Hero’s Journey. From Odysseus’s Call to Adventure: when he is asked to join the Trojan War, to him meeting his Supernatural Aid: Athena, and facing his Challenges and Temptations: Polyphemus, Scylla and Charybdis, Circe, and finally his Adyss: being trapped on Calypso’s island for seven years, his Atonement: killing all the suitors, and finally his return: reuniting with his wife. These major plot points are almost all present in modern literature and entertainment, and is one of the major reasons why The Odyssey is still culturally relevant to this
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