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.
Every journey one takes is a life-changing experience that transforms them in some way. Not all journeys are mainly about physical travel. Some are more spiritual or reflective as they happen without the person leaving home. In Homer’s The Odyssey, the physical journey of Odysseus has transformed him into a man of peace, courage and love, while the spiritual journey of his wife Penelope has somehow transformed her into a woman of courage as well as a much more loving wife than she used to be.
As the main character in the story, Odysseus’ journey brings him to several places from Troy and finally back to his kingdom in Ithaca. Odysseus is a part of the downfall of Troy after he and the rest of the Spartans hid inside the Trojan Horse and killed the Trojans with this plot. Basically, Odysseus seems like a man who loves brutality and fighting, although he may do this only in obedience to the King of Sparta. As he begins the journey back to Ithaca, Odysseus becomes a more loving man. In fact, most of the time, he longs for his wife and home. Early on, The Odyssey says, “But one man alone/ his heart set on his wife and his return – Calypso/ the bewitching nymph, the lustrous goddess, held him back/ deep in her arching caverns, craving him for a husband”1.
From these lines, one can see that despite the actions of the nymph Calypso, Odysseus rema...
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...She displays great courage here because she considers the suitors as “infernal
and she does not show any remorse for their deaths.
In conclusion, in The Odyssey, Odysseus begins as someone warlike but as he goes along his physical journey throughout many lands, he experiences humility. He is moved into tears by the death of his men, by what the Spartans have done to Troy, and by his own longing for his wife Penelope. He has finally become more patient and enduring when he arrives home at Ithaca. In the same way, Penelope develops strength from the moment that she could not answer Antinous’ accusations about Odysseus. Penelope gets to the point where she already wishes for her suitors’ death and does not anymore feel any remorse for their deaths. Both Odysseus and Penelope have somehow developed such strengths because of their love for and loyalty to each other.
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