The Trials of Odysseus Depicted in Homer's Odyssey

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Picture a water-logged, bearded man floundering about in the ocean, yet never failing nor drowning. This is Odysseus, King of Ithaka, trying to survive. In The Odyssey by Homer, characters in the story were impacted by significant events, and emerged either more joyful, or more depressed than before. Telemakhos journeyed on a long voyage to find his father, enduring much pain in the process that eventually lead to reunion with his father. His father, Odysseus himself, the great Greek hero, suffered practically all his life, yet he returned to his home as the rightful king. These men’s experiences exemplify the fact that suffering leads to maturity. A mature one learns from their mistake, as painful as it may be. Odysseus underwent many trials, but one in particular impacted him greatly. When Odysseus and his crew were escaping from the Kyklops' island he taunted the beast –his defeated enemy –saying, “O Kyklops! Would you feast on my companion… Kyklops, if ever mortal man inquire how you were put to shame and blinded, tell him Odysseus, raider of cities, took your eye: Laertes’ son,...

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