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Analysis of Telemachus in Odyssey

- Analysis of Telemachus in Odyssey In the Odyssey, Telemachus, son of great hero Odysseus, who grows up in the world of greed and disrespect where the suitors take over his palace and court his mother, is one of the most significant character throughout the whole epic. His father, Odysseus, leaving the land Ithaca for 20 years, is the only warrior alive in Trojan war who hasn’t make his return home. During Telemachus’ expedition to search for the news of his father, he is under a process of maturation from the beginning in which he is mere a shadow of his father to the end in which he becomes more and more like him in terms of initiative, sensitivity and socialization....   [tags: Odyssey Telemachus]

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Telemachus in The Odyssey

- Telemachus in The Odyssey The first four books of the Odyssey are sometimes known as 'Telemachy'. It is a self-contained section that could in fact be easily removed, allowing the story to begin with Odysseus without damaging the plot. They deal with Telemachus' struggle and coming of age through his travels and quest. Telemachus is sent on his travels because although he has grown to adulthood, when Athene first visits him in book one, he is somewhat pathetic, lonely and very much a young boy and is not strong enough to remove the suitors from his father's palace: "Sitting disconsolate among the Suitors, imagining how his noble father might come back out of...   [tags: Papers Odyssey Essays Papers]

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Telemachus in The Odyssey

- Through modern culture, most people are familiar with the whole storyline of The Odyssey. Odysseus leaves Troy and embarks on an epic journey filled with adventure and fantasy. However, most readers are unaware that there are actually two journeys that are unfolding simultaneously throughout Homer’s epic. Telemachus’ journey greatly differs from that of his father, Odysseus. While it might not be filled with as much adrenaline and adventure as his father‘s journey, Telemachus’ quest is certainly one that should be noted since the first four books are dedicated to him....   [tags: Character Analysis]

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Summary Of ' Telemachus ' And ' The Odyssey '

- In book II of the odyssey Telemachus is about to start his journey to find his father. In lines 49-85 Telemachus is beginning to give his speech during the assembly. In this speech he is trying to get some people to help him on his voyage to find his dad. For the simple fact that everything is falling apart because Telemachus mother has attracted suitors. Also Telemachus knows his family doesn’t know how to defend themselves. Although it may seem as if Telemachus words aren’t registering to the people, they are really taking his words into consideration....   [tags: Want, Need, WANT, 2006 singles]

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Telemachus in The Odyssey by Homer

- Humans are like play-dough they start off average but with the right guidance they can become what they were meant to be. Telemachus in The Odyssey by Homer, had many obstacles he had to overcome and with guidance from his mentor he followed the path to becoming who he was destined to be. Transitioning from high school to college is also a difficult journey and requires a great ordeal of time and effort put into it. Although faintly dissimilar, Telemachus’s initiation into manhood and the initiation of transforming from a high school student to a college student are dubiously alike because they both transition into confident and independent people....   [tags: initiatory motifs, character analysis]

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Comparing and Contrasting the Journeys of Odysseus’ and Telemachus’ in The Odyssey

- Odysseus’ and Telemachus’ journeys or nostos were both very similar and different. They parallel each other in some ways but they are also completely different at other times. Telemachus starts as a younger, less mature boy, and without the presence of his father during his childhood, he becomes a timid, shy and spineless boy who is greatly pampered by his mother. He has even more to achieve, being the son of a world-famous father, and this is a very difficult reputation to live up to. His journey, and after that the killing of the suitors who took advantage of him really show how his journeys and problems throughout the book mature him from being a shy, timid boy into a mature man....   [tags: The Odyssey, compare and contrast]

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The Mythology Of The Odyssey

- ... For example when Athena appears as a mentor to Telemachus, she is encourages him to push on in the journey. However as she speaks, she suddenly forgets her disguise. From saying ‘a god who wills it can bring anyone safely home however far away he may be’ to then saying ‘and for myself I would…’ (Homer, Odyssey 3.33). This shows the switch to personal language and shows how even though she is disguised her connection with Telemachus is so strong that she forgets sometimes (Gaunt). The Gods can also be compared to the humans....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Poseidon, Telemachus]

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The Maturation of Telemachus in Homer's Odyssey

- The Maturation of Telemachus in Homer's Odyssey     The Odyssey was a great book in which many characters were brought out and developed.  The most significant development that occured in the epic was the development of Telemachus.  Telemachus is a very complex character that Homer develops from beginning to end.  From the beginning when is a mere shadow of his father to near the end in which he is considered just as courageous.  Many factors influence Telemachus as he matures into a man....   [tags: Odyssey essays]

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Free Essays on Homer's Odyssey: Telemachus

- Telemakhos of The Odyssey Telemakhos, Odysseus's son, finally realizes that in order to preserve his estate he must fill in his father's shoes and grow up. Telemakhos not only needs to do this for himself, but for his father who is still alive. Telemakhos became a man his father would be proud of. Twenty years ago Odysseus left for Troy, leaving Telemakhos without a father figure since he was an infant. He grew up a mommy's boy not knowing his role in the kingdom because Odysseus was far away....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays]

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Character Analysis of Telemachus and The Odyssey by Homer

- ... Not only does he pity himself, the crowd pities him as well. The people see him as a child, not as a figure of respect that the son of Odysseus should be. However, throughout his journey, he begins to change. When he is speaking to Menelaus the passage mentions, “With all the poise he had, Telemachus replied...” (Homer 134). He is learning suavity and prudence. But along with this newfound composure, Telemachus also has fits of weeping for his lost father. This is a sign that he still does not have complete control of his emotions....   [tags: maturation, emotions, attitude]

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Telemachus’ Odyssey

- Through modern culture, most people are familiar with the whole storyline of The Odyssey. Odysseus leaves Troy and embarks on an epic journey filled with adventure and fantasy. However, most readers are unaware that there are actually two journeys that are unfolding simultaneously throughout Homer’s epic. Telemachus’ journey greatly differs from that of his father, Odysseus. While it might not be filled with as much adrenaline and adventure as his father‘s journey, Telemachus’ quest is certainly one that should be noted....   [tags: Character Development, Analysis]

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The Odyssey And The Color Purple

- ... We hear about their beauty, their important sons, or their affairs with gods but we hear nothing about these women 's accomplishments in their lifetime. The Color Purple falls upon feminism due to underlining the differences between Celie, the ugly one, Nettie, the pretty one, and Shug, the seductress. Nettie was wanted by Mister because she was beautiful, her father wanted to get rid of Celie because she was the ugly, spoiled one. Celie believes she is ugly until Shug forces her to face her beauty, her smile, and her strength but still the Mister wanted to get rid of her....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Penelope, Telemachus]

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Telemachus’ Odyssey

- Through modern culture, most people are familiar with the whole storyline of The Odyssey. Odysseus leaves Troy and embarks on an epic journey filled with adventure and fantasy. However, most readers are unaware that there are actually two journeys that are unfolding simultaneously throughout Homer’s epic. Telemachus’ journey greatly differs from his father, Odysseus. While it might not be filled with as much excitement and adventure as his father’s journey, Telemachus’ quest is crucial to the overall storyline....   [tags: Story and Character Analysis]

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Odysseus' Relationship with Telemachus in Homer's Odyssey

- Odysseus' Relationship with Telemachus in Homer's Odyssey Throughout the last books of The Odyssey Homer tells us how Odysseus restores his relationships with his friends and relatives at Ithaca. Perhaps one of the most revealing of these restoration episodes is Odysseus' re-encounter with his son, Telemachus. This re-encounter serves three main purposes. First, it serves to portray Telemachus' likeness to his father in the virtues of prudence, humility, patience, and planning. Secondly, it is Odysseus' chance to teach his son to be as great a ruler as Odysseus himself is....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays]

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Adolescence of Telemachus and Nausikaa in Homer's Odyssey

- Homer's Odyssey introduces us to a wide variety of characters. Two of the younger characters are Telemachus, the son of Odysseus, and Nausikaa, the daughter of King Alkinoos. Both Telemachus and Nausikaa are approximately the same age, although the book is not specific about Nausikaa's age. More importantly, we know that they are both teenagers. Almost all adolescents must make a transition from childhood to young adult and in doing so they share two central traits, the wish for independence and rebelliousness, and Nausikaa and Telemachus are no exceptions....   [tags: Odyssey Essays]

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An Analysis Of ' The Odyssey '

- ... Not only does Athena physically help the mortals, she also assisted them emotionally. Oenen noted, “Indeed, I feel that Athena is best understood as the persisting memory of Penelope inside Odysseus’ psyche. It is this memory that often counsels him, makes him change is attitude, and spurs him on in desperate situations” (224). If it were not for the consistent memory of Penelope in Odysseus’ head that Athena gave him, he would have stayed on the island with Calypso or surrendered after his rough days at sea....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Greek mythology, Telemachus]

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Spiritual Growth of Telemachus in The Odyssey

- Odysseus' son Telemachus was a small child when his father left for the Trojan War. At the beginning of The Odyssey Telemachus is an inexperienced, unhappy, and helpless young man. We see this in Book One when he says to Athena "Mother says I am his son; I know not surely...I wish at least I had some happy man as father..." (p. 8) Telemachus has grown immature because he has been raised without a father figure. His travels in search of his father will help him to mature, as we will see throughout his journey....   [tags: World Literature]

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Analysis Of Penelope 's ' The Odyssey '

- ... In the Quote one is able to notice that Penelope is trying to get a spark out of her son, to see how he would reply to her after having found out that her husband is said to be on the island from the god Theoclymenus. Penelope realizes that her son said that he did not speak to Odysseus but she senses that her son may be lying to her. Moments after Penelope voiced how she wished for her husband to be home her son “shock with a lusty sneeze like a thunderclap resounding up and down the halls” (17.602-03)....   [tags: Odyssey, Trojan War, Odysseus, Telemachus]

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Free Essay on Homer's Odyssey - Odysseus and Telemachus

- The Odyssey - Odysseus and Telemakhos At the beginning of the book Telemakhos is troubled with the suitors trying to marry his mother. He tries to keep them in line but they are rampant, especially when they're drunk. They kill Odysseus's herd for their own feedings and disrespect the house of Odysseus. So Telemakhos is obliged to search for his father because he is his last and only hope of keeping the suitors away. He is determined to search for his father and must find him at all costs....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays]

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Disagreement between Telemachus and Penelope in The Odyssey

- Disagreement between Telemachus and Penelope in The Odyssey The disagreement between Telemachus and Penelope arises from differing opinions on the entertainment of Phemius. Phemius is singing the tale of the Greek warriors of Troy and their homecomings when Penelope descends from her chambers to protest this choice of music. She scolds him, and orders him to stop because he has reminded her of Odysseus, who's long lost at sea. Telemachus rebukes his mother by protesting that the bard has the right to sing anything he wishes....   [tags: Free Essays]

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A Patriarchal Society, A Modern Day Rendition Of Medieval Society

- in a patriarchal society, women lie at the bottom of the social hierarchy. A patriarchy judges women for their beauty and innocence rather than merit and intelligence. Throughout the twenty-four books of The Odyssey as well as Game of Thrones, a modern day rendition of medieval society written by George. R. R. Martin, women struggle for power in society. In these societies, in order to be accepted and respected, women need to submit to society. Most of the women in these two plots are mothers and seductresses....   [tags: Odysseus, Odyssey, Circe, Telemachus]

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Understanding A Story Requires More Than Just Reading Words And Matching Them With A General Definition

- Understanding a story requires more than just reading words and matching them with a general definition. One needs the ability to comprehend the themes by carefully reading between the lines. The concept of xenia is displayed numerous times throughout The Odyssey. Xenia is a type of hospitality that many of the Greeks found necessary to abide by. As Carly said in her description of xenia, it "describes guest-friendship as a sort of custom of the home." In order to fully grasp the idea of the book, one must understand this Greek hospitality and the significance it served to many Greeks during this era....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Telemachus, Penelope]

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Essay on Homer's Odyssey - Comparing Odysseus and Telemachus

- The Parallel between Odysseus and Telemachos in Odyssey       In Odyssey, Homer creates a parallel between Odysseus and Telemachos, father and son. The two are compared in the poem from every aspect. One parallel was the quest of Telemachos, in correlation with the journey of his father. In this, Odysseus is developed from a childish, passive, and untested boy, to a young man preparing to stand by his father's side. This is directly connected to the voyage of Odysseus, in that they both lead to the same finale, and are both stepping-stones towards wisdom, manhood, and scholarship....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Is Odysseus Truly Loyal?

- ... Athena is pleading to the gods to let Odysseus go, but it is not very evident he wants to because he sleeps with her in her cave (Homer 5 171). This is not loyal because he is sleeping with another person and he is not going home to his family. Odysseus is recalling the time when he and his crew went to the Cicones and took their stuff and slept with their wives: “So no one, not one my account, / would be deprived of his fair share of spoils”(Homer 9 49-50). This is proving how disloyal Odysseus is because yet again, he sleeps with another woman....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Penelope, Telemachus]

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Telemachus : Development Of The Character Telemachus

- Joseph Asan Dr. Rosiene Civilization 1 09/28/2014 The development of the character Telemachus in the Odyssey Telemachus does not know his father when Odyssey begins as he was an infant when his father left for Troy. As a maturing man, he is dedicated several books to the study of his father and is entirely dedicated to his mother and to maintaining his father’s estate. He, however, is uncertain on how to shield his mother and property from the suitors whose actual plans he discovered recently. A meeting with Athena was turnings point for him as she educated him on the ways of a young Greek prince....   [tags: Odysseus, Odyssey, Iliad, Greek mythology]

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Women During Dark Age Greece

- ... Even though Athena does many things physically to help the mortals during this story, she also helps them mentally. Oenen noted, “Indeed, I feel that Athena is best understood as the persisting memory of Penelope inside Odysseus’ psyche. It is this memory that often counsels him, makes him change is attitude, and spurs him on in desperate situations” (224). If it were not for the consistent memory of Penelope in Odysseus’ head, he would have stayed on the island with Calypso or gave up after his rough days at sea when he landed on the island of the Phaeacians....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Greek mythology, Telemachus]

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People from Greece Worshipped gods for Advice and Guidance in The Odyssey

- ... Therefore Athena, or the gods in general were responsible for Telemachus' actions by setting up a crew for him to travel and also telling Telemachus to drive away the suitors and to seek information about Odysseus. Telemachus had no control of his palace or anything in fact before Athena had come. Athena, who was disguised as Mentes, was one of Odysseus' friends and spoke with Telemachus. At first the two talk about small matters such as discussing who they were and what their stories were....   [tags: telemachus, athena, odysseus ]

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Telemachus And Pisistratus Arrive At Sparta

- ... Back in Ithaca, Noeman who sold Mentor/Athene the ship asks Antinous when Telemachus will be back from Pylos because he needs his ship. Antinous apparently doesn’t know that Telemachus is on a voyage. So he calls a meeting with all the other suitors. Planning to ambush his ship and also get killed because Telemachus is the reason why they are living miserably and they also hate him. Penelope doesn’t also know that Telemachus is on a voyage. She freaks out because now she is worrying the two most important people in her live....   [tags: Odysseus, Odyssey, Trojan War, Greek mythology]

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Growing Up Telemachus

- Telemachos: Maturing Telemachos has not seen his father since he was just a baby. He has had to grow up and live the first Twenty years of his life with out a father. Through these years Telemachos grows and develops a lot but I think the most growing when he begins to look for Odysseus. The first four books of The Odyssey are all about Telemachos and him figuring out hat he is going to go out and look for his father. He has many dangers because there are 120 or so suitors at his house looking for his mother’s (Penelope) hand in marriage....   [tags: Homer, Odysseus, Odyssey]

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The Odyssey By Homer 's Odyssey

- Some people are very hospitable while others are not. In Homer’s “The Odyssey” Odysseus is returning home from a war as he is swept off course by Poseidon. Odysseus spends ten years drifting from island to island until he was able to return home. While away from home, Odysseus encounters some places were hospitability was key while some places hospitability was not as important. Therefore, Hospitality is a central motif of the Odyssey that focuses on the behavior of both hosts and their guests. Homer’s depicts several scenes of positive hospitality throughout the story of “The Odyssey “....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Iliad]

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The Odyssey By Homer 's Odyssey

- The Odyssey A hero is defined as “a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal.” Homer’s epic, The Odyssey, is mostly focused on pivotal roles like leadership, courage and, patriarchy. Throughout history we notice how male dominance takes place within a society. This is called patriarchy, which is a form of social organization in which the father or oldest male is the head of the family, and descent and relationship are reckoned through the male line; government or rule by a man or men.(OED) That is portrayed in the Odyssey through the actions of the protagonist Odysseus, his journey to get back home, his...   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Penelope]

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Analysis Of ' The ' Odyssey '

- Samantha Carlson Ms. Johnston AP English Literature and Composition 8 September 2015 Journey Essay 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....   [tags: Odyssey, Trojan War, Odysseus, Homer]

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' Odyssey '

- The goddess Athena intrigues and fascinates readers, compelling an in depth look at the role which she plays within Homers, Odyssey. Throughout the epic poem Athena is depicted as a strong leading voice who aids in helping the development of maturity within Odysseus’s son Telemachus. From persuading Telemachus to hold an assembly, debate what to do about his mother’s suitors, and consider the matter of his father, Odysseus, Athena begins a slow accession into a guiding or mentoring role of Telemachus....   [tags: Odyssey, Homer, Odysseus, Athena]

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Greek Hospitality in The Odyssey

- Greek Hospitality in The Odyssey The Greeks have been known for their hospitality and politeness, especially when treating guests- whether strangers or not. This is demonstrated near the beginning of the Odyssey when Telemachus went to Pylos to visit Nestor. Nestor, not knowing who he was taking into his home as guests, treated them with great honor and respect. "Now is the time," he said, "for a few questions, now that our young guests have enjoyed their dinner. Who are you, strangers....   [tags: The Odyssey]

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The Role of the Gods in the Odyssey

- Religion was deeply intertwined the culture of the ancient Greeks. In their stories, they prayed to the gods to satisfy their needs and offer assistance in their endeavors, and the gods would occasionally appear to select Greeks to give counsel, gifts, or other forms of aid. Alternatively, if the desires or endeavors of a mortal or mortals displeased one or more of the gods, they would also interfere with the fulfillment of their goals. In Homer’s Odyssey, the gods appear to or interfere with both Telemachus and Odysseus, either to help or hinder them in their journeys....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Odyssey '

- Violence in The Odyssey Violence in literature may take any form, whether it be natural disaster like and earthquake or a human based disaster like war (Campbell). In Homer’s The Odyssey both types are found… whether it’s Odysseus’s hardships like making it home or dealing with the wrath of the god Poseidon. Every violent scene has its own reasons, some are more reasonable than others. For instance, the gods were angered by the disobedience of the mortals. This is more reasonable than the killing of the Cyclops....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Penelope]

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The Epic, The Odyssey By Homer

- The epic, The Odyssey by Homer, follows the adventures of Odysseus and his Telemachus, attempting to regain control over their home on the island of Ithaca. Since the epic was usually told orally from a bard, it contained descriptions of modern Greek traditions and ideologies. The Odyssey describes the differences between a civilized and uncivilized country. The many islands Odysseus travels to, demonstrates the differences between “civilized” and “savages” countries. Throughout The Odyssey, there appears to be distinct differences between the lifestyles of those who classify themselves as “civilize” and “savages.” The conditions of each lifestyle can best be understood when compared to eac...   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Homer]

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' Odyssey '

- ... Farewell. / But if you only knew, down deep, what pains / are fated to fill your cup before you reach that shore, / you’d stay right here, preside in our house with me / and be immortal.” (Lines 227-230). These lines create the impression that Calypso is attempting to lure Odysseus with the warning of the battles and agony he will face as he heads on his way home, and contrasting those agonies with the pleasure he would receive on the off chance that he stayed with her. This isn’t the first that Homer reveals to us the concept of deceitfulness, as he utilized this idea when he spoke of Penelope’s web....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Homer]

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Analysis Of Homer 's The Odyssey And The Lliad

- ... Odysseus is very proud of his son, who show such potential, and Telemachus is likewise proud of his father, who have earned fortunate reputations as warriors who defended their territory bravely. But however, the only way this father-son affection was achieved was through long distance. Odysseus and his son spent more time apart than they did together, and it is through the long distance that they develop respect and love for one another. In The Iliad, you learn that Priam is a worthy warrior who has received is retirement from battle after having fifty sons and fighting fearlessly in the Trojan War....   [tags: Achilles, Iliad, Odysseus, Odyssey]

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Odyssey '

- ... Because of his outcry and Polyphemus telling Poseidon about this attack Odysseus can then “collect” his kleos. He can make claims to this fame. Odysseus overcame many trials that made him stand out amongst other warriors. One of these trials was escaping from Polyphemus’s lair during which he blinded the cyclops in the process of fleeing. Another trial he overcame was that of withstanding the song of the sirens. To do so, he made his crew tie him to the mast of the ship and told all of them to clog their ears with wax....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Poseidon]

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The Realtionship of a Father and Son in Homer’s Odyssey

- The Odyssey tells the story of Odysseus and his both literal and figurative journey home to Ithaka. When the great king, Odysseus travels to Troy on the account of war, many obstructions hinder him from returning home. During his absence, his deprivation of being a father to his son, Telemachus, causes great disappointment. Without a father, his son strives to grow and mature yet he has not the slightest idea of where to. However, as Telemachus struggles to reach manhood and his father struggles to return to Ithaka, their seemingly separate journeys are connected....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey]

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Homer 's Iliad And Odyssey

- Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey are supposed to be the most convenient epic ever written in any literature. Himself being blind, approach of Homer in developing such epic is nothing less than adventurous. This study is going to set the frame of review of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Sophocles Oedipus Rex having been compared with Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus. Iliad is nothing but a notary of love and treachery. Myrsiades is of this view if Paris would not have been licentious in its character in eloping with gorgeous Helen, in no way the novel would have been framed....   [tags: Trojan War, Odyssey, Sophocles, Achilles]

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An Analysis Of Homer 's The Odyssey

- In ancient Greece, one would fall into one of the two major classes: civilized and uncivilized. In order to fall into the class of civilized, one must abide by Ancient Greek expectations and societal norms; disregard of these rules would defines one as uncivilized. One’s class would then decide not only their way of living but also their perspective image and worth. In ancient Greece, civilization was important to the Greeks to prove their nation was gaining power and flourishing. Anyone whom displayed uncivilized behavior was labeled as barbaros; consequently diminishing their worth to the nation....   [tags: Ancient Greece, Odyssey, Odysseus, Ancient Rome]

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The Odyssey, By Odysseus And Odysseus

- ... Poseidon was aware that it is forbidden for him to kill Odysseus but he would make sure that Odysseus’ trip home would not be pleasant. Poseidon was extremely frustrated that the Phaeacians had demonstrated xenia to Odysseus and helped him return to Ithaca. He fulfilled the prophecy mentioned in Book eight and turned the Phaeacians ship to stone. Fearful of what might happen next the Phaeacians knew they had to sacrifice to Poseidon. The god of the sea disliked Odysseus as they both shared the same trait of being strong-willed men....   [tags: Odyssey, Greek mythology, Odysseus, Trojan War]

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Telemachus’ and Odysseus’ Learning Experience

- Throughout The Odyssey by Homer; Odysseus and Telemachus are faced with an extensive journey that leads them to profound development. At the beginning of the epic, Telemachus is a young boy and doesn’t know how to protect his home from the suitors that are attempting to pursue it. Odysseus has been gone for years, and was unable to teach his son how to be a leader or how to defend himself. Meanwhile, Odysseus has been on his journey home enduring all the obstacles of adventure, The Gods, and hardship....   [tags: athena, antinous, beggar]

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Virtue in Telemachus’ Life

- Telemachus is the son of Odysseus and Penelope in the Odyssey. He was raised without a father and this caused him not to have a strong male example in his life. He was forced to mature into a man on his own and become the man his father was. Telemachus is required to figure out ways to be honorable on his own and this causes him to have a deeper responsibility than the normal man of his age. In Telemachus’ life, he is able to mature into an adult man capable of making virtuous decisions and acting with the honor that is required of a virtuous man of the Greek world and Christian world....   [tags: Leadership Ability, Christian Standard]

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Telemachus: A Character Analysis

- In the first four books of Homer’s The Odyssey, the character of Telemachus undergoes a dramatic evolution. When Homer first introduces him, he appears to be an unsophisticated youth, wallowing in self-pity. After the goddess Athena intervenes, he becomes, seemingly, a man of courage, strength, and resolve. On closer analysis, however, one remains to wonder if this transformation is genuine. The rapidity of his change in personality and the assistance he requires from the goddess at every stage in his journey suggests that he is not yet a hero in the mold of his father, the great Odysseus....   [tags: Literary Characters]

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The Birth of the Gods in Homer's Odyssey

- The Birth of the Gods in The Odyssey     Prehistoric man did not question his existence and reality - he just lived as one with nature. When prehistoric man awakened from this simple existence into the world of intelligence, he began to question his existence and reality. Homer’s The Odyssey demonstrated man’s attempt to cope with their own nature through the illusion of the gods, by using them to carry their burdens of hopelessness, helplessness, and fallibility.     The characters of Homer’s The Odyssey struggled with the ineffable reality of the world, therefore they created gods that could carry the burden of their hopeless quest for understanding....   [tags: Odyssey essays]

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The Maturity of Telemachus

- Prince Telemachus of Ithaca was living in a world of greed and disrespect during his father's twenty-year hiatus. His father, King Odysseus, had set off to fight along with fellow Greeks in the Trojan War. After the war, all the Greeks who did not perish during the battles had made it back to their homelands, with the exception of Odysseus. During this time suitors had taken over Odysseus' palace and were courting his wife. It was time for Telemachus to take action against the crude suitors and become a mature adult....   [tags: World Literature]

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Homer 's Odyssey : The Odyssey

- The Odyssey, an ancient Greek epic poem attributed to Homer, relates to Odysseus’s journey back to Ithaca.1 In the poem Odysseus has had some bad luck getting home, with some of the gods helping him and some hindering him; his journey towards home is a constant struggle. Throughout the epic Homer portrays diverse relationships in Odysseus’s journey. Odysseus experiences a lot of inconsistent emotions; a lot of this is attributed to the physical and mental hell he goes through on this remarkable voyage....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Homer, Epic poetry]

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Odysseus ' Identity And Its Progression Throughout The Book ' The Odyssey '

- ... The next challenge Odysseus was faced with was the cave of the Cyclops, Polyphemus the son of Poseidon. It was in the attempt to escape the Cyclops that Odysseus succumbs to his excessive arrogance, or hubris, and taunts the blind Polyphemus. After revealing his true name to the Cyclops out of pride, Odysseus seals his fate as an enemy of Poseidon and essentially makes the remainder of his journey worse for himself. After returning from Hades, the land of the dead, Odysseus is now faced with a choice: to brave either Scylla (a six-headed serpent) or Charybdis (a huge whirlpool)....   [tags: Odyssey, Trojan War, Homer, Odysseus]

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Telemachus´ Maturity and Growth in The Odysseus by Homer

- Solon states in The Ages of Man a boy grows from “ A child in his infancy grows his first set of teeth and loses them within seven years” to a man at the age of approximately twenty one ”to show he is growing from youth to a man”. If one were to look at Telemachos and what stage he is in in comparison to Solon’s idea of men, it is a difficult pin to place. He was just a child ten years ago and is now growing into the “man” he is meant to become. Unfortunately he never had a father to show him the way....   [tags: Boy, Encounters, Guidance]

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Essay on the Double Meanings of The Odyssey

- The Double Meanings of The Odyssey       Throughout Homer's The Odyssey, there are a number of tangible symbols that are used to represent abstract ideas. I would like to suggest that each symbol that Homer uses within The Odyssey has two clear meanings. The double meanings of these symbols are used to represent Odysseus and Telemachus as they strive to meet each other. While each symbol has a meaning that represents the growth of Telemachus, each one also represents, by another meaning, the growth and development of Odysseus....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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The Odyssey

- The Odyssey details Odysseus’ arduous return to his homeland. Ten years have passed since the end of the Trojan war and Odysseus, the “most cursed man alive”, has been missing and presumed dead by many. (10.79). Throughout the novel, gods play a significant role in the fate of Odysseus and other characters. The extent of the gods’ role though is not unqualified, contrary to Telemachus’ suggestion that, “Zeus is to blame./He deals to each and every/ laborer on this earth whatever doom he pleases” (1.401-403)....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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Jourody Journey of Life in Homer's Odyssey

- Journey of Life in The Odyssey In the ultimate story of love and hate one man was torn between two lives as he watched the shores of the mighty world get swept away in a swift act of fate.  With only destiny on his side to return home, he pushed on and tried to leave the life he had lived for so long.  In order to achieve his destiny Odysseus had to first achieve loyalty, overcome temptation, and take revenge upon his enemies.  Plagued by constant attacks of self-doubt and reinforced by guile, Odysseus conquered what became to be known as a one of the greatest odyssey’s ever written....   [tags: Odyssey essays]

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The Mythology Of The Odyssey

- ... It states how “Pallas Athena, harboring kindness for the hero, (…) came up to greet him there, for all the world like a young girl” Athena appearing in front of Odysseus, unbeknownst to him, demonstrates her dedication to his mission, and personally seeing to it that he makes it to his native land. This is in contrast to the way Athena interacts with Penelope, Odysseus’ wife. Instead of appearing to Penelope in person, similar to the way she usually does with Odysseus, Athena simply sends Penelope a dream to inform her that Telemachus shall return....   [tags: Human, God, Yahweh, Odyssey]

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Women in The Odyssey

- Women play an influential role in The Odyssey. Women appear throughout the story, as goddesses, wives, princesses, or servants. The nymph Calypso enslaves Odysseus for many years. Odysseus desires to reach home and his wife Penelope. It is the goddess Athena who sets the action of The Odyssey rolling; she also guides and orchestrates everything to Odysseus’ good. Women in The Odyssey are divided into two classes: seductresses and helpmeets. By doing so, Homer demonstrates that women have the power to either hinder of help men....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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The Iliad And The Odyssey

- ... These men have come to Penelope’s home in order to force her into a marriage but she welcomes them, feeds them, and gives them a place to stay. Her generosity is again later displayed when a stranger with news of Odysseus enters her house. “But come, women, wash the stranger and make his bed/…bathe him and rub him down with oil/, so he can sit beside Telemachus in the hall, enjoy his breakfast there” (401 L 364, 369). She gave this stranger the ultimate welcoming gift by sitting him next to her son, the prince....   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, Odysseus, Odyssey]

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Loyalty as Defined in the Odyssey

- Loyalty, as defined in the Odyssey seems to be the constant devotion to someone, the hopefully longing of their return and victory. Homer seems to value loyalty over many of the other human traits, as Eumaeus gets not only Homer’s famous “you” but his own book as well. The swineherd is not the only character that Homer uses to show loyalty, Penelope and Telemachus show unyielding faithfulness to Odysseus throughout the epic poem; as do many other characters even gods. Homer demonstrates the value he places on loyalty through the use of these characters with their devotion to Odysseus....   [tags: Loyalty, Odyssey, ]

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Free Essays: Symbols in Homer's Odyssey

- The Symbolism of Homer's Odyssey Throughout Homer's The Odyssey, many tangible symbols are used to represent abstract ideas. Each symbol that Homer uses has two meanings. The double meanings of these symbols are used to represent Odysseus and Telemachus as they strive to meet each other. While each symbol has a meaning that represents the growth of Telemachus, each one also represents, by another meaning, the growth and development of Odysseus. When they meet for the first time, the symbols, and the character traits that they represent confluence, and the resemblance between Odysseus and Telemachus becomes complete....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays]

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Free Essays on Homer's Odyssey: The Gods

- The Gods of the Odyssey Do the Gods in the Odyssey represent the Good and Evil sides of everyone, are they actually there to either help the person, or make their life worse.             In the Odyssey, the Gods seem to have a very huge part in the play.  However, are the Gods actually real?  Or are they just their sub-conscious telling everyone what to do.  However if that’s true, then how could Odysseus’s and his “sub-conscious” spend 7 years on an island thinking that he was somewhere else....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays]

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Oral Commentary on The Odyssey

- This passage is told as a flashback, as Odysseus sits in the palace of the Phaeacians telling the story of his wanderings. Odysseus reluctantly tells his story after King Alcinou notices his weeping during a minstrel, which was about the fall of Troy. So in answer to the King, Odysseus reveals his identity, background and adventures: from Troy, the winds sweep him and his men to Ismarus, city of the Cicones. The men plunder the land and, carried away by greed, refuses to leave until the Cicones turn on them and attack....   [tags: Odyssey, Greece, ]

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Free Essays on Homer's Odyssey: Importance of the Gods

- Importance of the Gods in Homer's Odyssey In Ancient Greek Culture, there were countless gods. They ranged from all mighty Zeus, king of the gods, to Eris, Goddess of discord, and Dionysos God of wine and revelry. Some Gods and Goddesses, like Zeus and Athena, favored Odysseus and Telemachius, helping them on their journey. While others, like Poseidon, gave them serious trouble along the way. The causes of some of these feelings towards the protagonist may be clear, but others aren't so clear....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays]

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Role of Women in the Odyssey

- “A woman cannot be herself in the society of the present day, which is an exclusively masculine society, with laws framed by men and with a judicial system that judges feminine conduct from a masculine point of view” (Ibsen). This saying also applied to the times of the Odyssey, an epic constructed by the blind, eight century B.C.E. poet, Homer. As one of the few representatives of ancient Greek social order, the blind, Homer witnessed women as substandard to men, regardless of their actions; many of them existed as seductresses, prostitutes, or slaves....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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The Odyssey : A Story Of The Struggles

- The Odyssey is a story of the struggles of one Greek hero, Odysseus, who had to battle many gravital obstacles, whether created by the Gods or natural issues in order to return home. He is on his way back to Ithaca after being gone for 20 years, without his gilded kingdom. The first ten years he spent fighting in the Trojan War and the last ten years trying to travel home after encountering many difficulties along the way. Odysseus was the king of Ithaca who was married to a beautiful, smart wife Penelopeia and had teenage son Telemachus....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Athena, Marriage]

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Theme of Revenge in Homer's Odyssey

- Homer’s The Odyssey is not just a tale of a man’s struggle on his journey home from the Trojan War, but of his struggle from the consequences of revenge. The Odyssey weaves in different characters’ tales of revenge from the gods and what impact revenge actually had on those characters. Revenge is an important underlying theme in The Odyssey because, in essence, it explains why Odysseus’ journey was so prolonged and treacherous. A few examples of revenge in the poem include Orestes’ revenge on Aegisthus, Zeus’ revenge on Odysseus and his men, and Poseidon’s revenge on Odysseus....   [tags: The Odyssey, Literary Analysis]

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Odyssey '

- ... The dream may have been Penelope’s way of acknowledging that she had known that Odysseus had returned without coming out and directly saying it. During the night of Penelope and Odysseus’ discussion as him disguised as the old man many conversations of important significance had arrived. Not only had Penelope mentioned her dream, but she also had asked Odysseus what he had been wearing the last time that he had seen him when entertained in Crete. Penelope had given him a test that would have proved most difficult for any man who may have actually seen what Odysseus had been wearing....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, KILL, Mind]

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The Odyssey : My Mother

- ... The crew members got greedy and believed it was more than just wind so the crew members decided to open the bag causing for their destination to be modified. My mother on the other hand did not encounter the same experience, however, she is determined to provide my sister and I with an ameliorating lifestyle than what she had as a child. My mother having grown up in a poor environment, wanting to get out of that lifestyle, she set a goal to enhance her children 's life. My mom wanting to achieve her goal assures that my sister and I have all things necessary to be successful....   [tags: Odysseus, Odyssey, Circe, Penelope]

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Telemachus's Epiphany

- Odysseus' son Telemachus was a small child when his father left for the Trojan War. At the beginning of The Odyssey Telemachus is an inexperienced, unhappy, and helpless young man. We see this in Book One when he says to Athena "Mother has always told me I'm his son, it's true, but I am not so certain. Who, on his own, has ever really known who gave him life" (p. 84, lines 249-251). Telemachus is immature because he has been raised without a father figure. His travels in search of his father will help him to mature....   [tags: World Literature]

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Female Characters Of ' The Odyssey '

- In the era of Homer, women played a very specific role in society, and even in literature. Women of this time were basically put in a box, and expected to never step out of line. If they did go against the arbitration of men, then they were faced with serious consequences. However, female characters play a huge role in both aiding, and delaying Odysseus’s journey home. I will proceed to analyze, and interpret the actions and intentions of every major female character in The Odyssey. The first major female character that is introduced in this epic is Penelope....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Athena, Greek mythology]

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Analysis Of The Poem ' The Odyssey '

- ... . And I thought I would never see you again, once you had sailed for Pylos. Come in, come in, dear child, and let me feast my eyes on the wonderer just home.’ (Homer, Pg. 210). It is this father-like love for Telemachus and his absolute adoration and love for Odysseus that is shown in his involuntary actions during the slaughter of the suitors at the end of the epic poem. Throughout the rest of his involvement in the epic poem, sans his involvement in the brutality in the twenty second book, he is a messenger for Odysseus....   [tags: Odyssey, Homer, Greek mythology, Marriage]

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Analysis Of Homer 's The Odyssey

- Although Homer’s The Odyssey is a tale of Odysseus’s heroic quest to return to Ithaca, the women in it play an equal, if not more important role. The saying “behind every great man is an even greater woman” rings true throughout The Odyssey. In Ancient Greek culture, one’s glory is based off of the geras they acquire; for men that glory included women. In Penelope, Odysseus found the perfect match, both intellectually and hospitably; she is clever, cunning and faithful. Penelope, along with other mortal and immortal women such as Athena, challenge the view of women during this time because Homer presented Penelope as a strong woman rather than the submissive character she is expected to be....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Iliad]

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Odyssey '

- ... Athena saves Odysseus by calling for peace. This shows that civilizations preference towards the elite is a beneficial to the society as a whole. Without Athena 's interference Ithaca would have descended deeper into a lawless society which would have caused a spiral of continuance vengeance. This shows that without favoring the rich civilization would fall into chaos. Homer begins the epic in Ithaca with Penelope and Telemachus, Odysseus ' wife and son, to suggest that the epic is not just about Odysseus ' suffering but also about his families....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Homer]

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The Odyssey By Homer, By Robert Fitzgerald

- ... Unable to return home for two decades and stranded in the unknown, Odysseus and the remains of his crew wandered about the islands until he encountered Scylla a monster, and his ship was scattered and in ruins. Even when his ship was wrecked, he still paddled to shore, which shows that he was still hopeful and persevering. Coincidentally, the Gods then made it so Odysseus would be taken care for on Ogygia, an island where a dangerous nymph, Calypso lived. There, she gave him hospitality and he was imprisoned there for seven years, until the gods decided that the time was right for his return home....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Marriage, Trojan War]

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The Odyssey By Peter Dalby

- ... Meanwhile, Penelope, the long suffering wife of Odysseus is forced to contend with the suitors who have taken residence in her home, taking advantage of her hospitality. Indeed, Penelope and her son Telemachus are described as nearly helpless, and in need of a hero, for the suitors that have taken residence in her home placed tremendous pressure on her to forsake Odysseus and choose one of them to marry (Toohey 47). Penelope, in her desperation tells the suitors that she is preparing a burial shroud for her father-in-law, and will choose when she has completed the task....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Epic poetry, Athena]

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The Importance of Hospitality Illustrated in Homer's Odyssey

- Far removed from our individualistic society today is the ancient Greece portrayed in The Odyssey, by Homer, where hospitality and good will are the way of things. As decreed by Zeus himself, those who wish the favor of the Gods must welcome foreign and domestic with hospitality. A man was supposed to offer the best of his food, his home, and his knowledge before ever asking for his guest’s name or why he was there. There is a sense that those of high status are the main givers of hospitality, but they are not the only ones commanded to offer hospitality....   [tags: The Odyssey, society, common courtesy]

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The Realtionship of a Father and Son in Homer’s Odyssey

- With time come change, change in the human experience. That fact applies no differently to literature, specifically reflected through reading ancient prose with a modern lens. A relevant example is the relationship of a father and son in Homer’s Odyssey. Through characterization on the surface, this significant relationship appears quite distinct in contrast to such relationships today. However, these quite humane and sentimental relationships are no different than those experienced today—those of a father and son....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey]

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The Odyssey By Arthur Ashe

- Arthur Ashe, a renowned tennis player who contributed his later life to research for AIDS, once said, “True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.” By stating this, Ashe expresses that a true hero does not look to win against people but will help them along the way. The Odyssey, an epic centered around a so called “hero,” from the Trojan War, narrates the struggles and difficult decisions the main character Odysseus makes in order to get back to his son Telemachus and wife Penelope....   [tags: Odysseus, Odyssey, Trojan War, Achilles]

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The Odyssey, By Robert Fagles

- {Imagine seeing horrific tragedies and unspeakable things happen to close friends while traveling across seas, trying to get home to family whom have been absent for close to 20 years.}This is exactly what happens to a war hero named Odysseus, from the epic poem The Odyssey, by Homer, translated by Robert Fagles. In the poem, Odysseus goes off to war in Troy, which lasts a decade. He gets lost on his way home with his crew and goes through a list full of crazy adventures. Odysseus witnesses some very gruesome things, some very pleasant things, and some very strange things....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Cyclops, Trojan War]

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The Odyssey

- Socrates, a Greek philosopher stated, "Look death in the face with joyful hope, and consider this a lasting truth: the righteous man has nothing to fear, neither in life, nor in death, and the Gods will not forsake him” (Socrates). This explains the basis for Greek beliefs that can be carried over to values and qualities of them. As in this, Homer, the author of The Odyssey, portrays many Greek values that make up a righteous man or as, Homer’s character Odysseus, an epic hero. The Odyssey is the story of King Odysseus' return from the Trojan War to his kingdom of Ithaca....   [tags: Socrates Odyssey Epic Poem]

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