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- 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Odyssey

- "Furthermore, we have not even to risk the adventure alone, for the heroes of all time here gone before us." (p.1 A Heroes Adventure). This quote from Joseph Campbell tells you the essence of a hero. Odysseus might be a hero in the book but Telemachus was the one who went through the real journey. Campbell defines a hero one as "who has found or done something beyond the normal range of achievement and experience. A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself." (p.1 A Heroes Adventure) Now if you consider the fact that Odysseus was put in this series of predicaments but outside forces that would consider him a hero, wouldn't you....   [tags: essays research papers]

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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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The Use of Symbols and Symbolism in Homer's Odyssey

- The Use of Symbolism in Homer's Odyssey There are three signs in the Odyssey which are quite significant to the epic and are symbolic of different things. The first sign is the scar, the second sign is the bow and the third sign is the bed. "Note the importance of signs in the works of Homer, such as the sign of the burning ship in the Iliad. Then there is a long flashback telling how Odysseus got the scar and the significance of it. The scar is symbolically important, for it defines who he is -- and what he is....   [tags: Odyssey essays]

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Free Essays on Homer's Odyssey: Gaining Power from Others in The Odyssey

- Gaining Power from Others in The Odyssey Throughout The Odyssey, Odysseus’ power was gained through the power of others resulting in three phases of understanding: self-determination, courage, and having a greater vision in life. In order to understand these three phases, one must be able to conquer predominance from those less useful than others. Although Odysseus was physically strong, he was not who he was mentally, without the help and guidance through the gods. Odysseus was like one who has no friends, but when he meets up with more people, he becomes popular....   [tags: Odyssey essays]

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The Odyssey

- Homer’s poem The Odyssey depicts the tendency of people to ignore the consequences of their actions. Odysseus punished Penelope’s suitors without thinking of consequences that he would have to endure. He did not acknowledge the consequences because that would prevent him from doing what he wants to do. Odysseus wanted to kill the suitors; they ate away at his fortune. Finding consequences for murdering the suitors would force Odysseus to realize what he is about to do is not a good idea. Odysseus chose to ignore the consequences and killed the suitors anyway....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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The Odyssey

- The Odyssey The Odyssey is one of the two great epic poems written by the ancient Greek poet Homer. Due to its antiquity, it is not known when or where it was first written, nevertheless, the approximate date and place is 700 BC Greece. Later publications are widespread as the text is transcribed in modern English with no deviation from the original story. The story is set in the lands and seas in close proximity to Greece changing by books as Odysseus, the protagonist hero, recounts of his many fated adventures and misfortunes in a series of flashbacks....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Odyssey

- I found through my reading of the Odyssey that Loyalty played a significant role in its development. Loyalty by its definition means a firm and constant support or allegiance to a person or institution. Homer presents four major illustrations of loyalty, which are given by Penelope, Telemachus, the servants Eumaeus and Philoetius, and Odysseus. Penelope is Odysseus's devoted wife who not only does not re-marry, but also keeps hope that Odysseus is still alive. Telemachus embarks on a journey to find his father, who he has no recollection of....   [tags: Book Review]

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Odyssey

- In Homer’s epic, The Odyssey, various aspects of the ancient Greeks are revealed through the actions, characters, plot, and wording. Homer uses his skill as a playwright, poet, and philosopher to inform the audience of the history, prides, and achievements of the ancient Greeks, and, also, to tell of the many values and the multi-faceted culture of the ancient Greek caste. The Greeks had numerous values and customs, of which the primary principles are the mental characteristics of an individual, the physical characteristics of an individual, the recreations and pastimes the Greeks enjoyed, the way in which a host treats a guest, the religious aspects, and finally, the Greeks&...   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Odyssey

- The Odyssey is a tale that has changed literature and storytelling. In this tale Odysseus is a Soldier from the battle of Troy trying to get home to his island of Ithaca, where he is king. His wife and son must wait ten years while he is trying to make his way home. In Odysseus’s absence wooer’s, or better known as suitors, learn of his absence and travel to Ithaca to win his wife’s hand in marriage. These men come every day feasting on Odysseus’s food and wine, and give his servant’s orders....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Free Essays on Homer's Odyssey: Life’s Epic Dimensions

- The Odyssey: Life’s Epic Dimensions In The Odyssey, the wayfarer discovers that life’s lessons are learned through epic dimensions as seen through life’s adventures, life’s test of loyalty, and life’s mistakes. Life is a grand adventure, and for one to understand and complete the grand adventure can be seen as a plethora of small adventures. Throughout the adventure of life, one must trust those closest to get one through rough and hard times there for those around one, namely Odysseus, can rely on his friends, family, and the gods loyalty for support through his adventure....   [tags: Odyssey essays]

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odyssey, a look

- There are many traditions and values that the people of Ancient Greece followed very closely. These acts, such as, hospitality and respect for one’s peers are usually overlooked by gods and goddesses. The people are expected follow these traditions or they may feel wrath from a god or goddess. In the Odyssey, the tradition of hospitality is shown being broke in several ways. When a person in Ancient Greece received a guest, they were to treat them with the highest respect and they should offer them gifts....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Free Essay on Homer's Odyssey: Role of the Gods

- Role of the Gods in Homer's Odyssey In "The Odyssey", the gods generally bring about mixed emotions. The humans in the poem are fearful of the gods because of their great power and influence in their lives-if they wanted you to fail, you would. They are like the puppet-masters of the world, they control what happens to each and every person. But, this can also come in handy when you are on the good side of the gods. If you were a favorite of a god, like Odysseus, you had the gods by your side, willing to help you whenever you have problems....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays]

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Free Essays on Homer's Odyssey: Book XIX

- The Odyssey Book XIX In Book XIX of Homer's The Odyssey, Odysseus, posing as a poor beggar, has a discussion with Penelope regarding Odysseus himself, and how the "two" met. Readers may question why Penelope does not recognize her own husband. Later on, one sees that at least Eurycleia distinguishes Odysseus. Penelope reveals a dream she has had to Odysseus, asking for an explanation. This Book of The Odyssey brings forth an envisage regarding the death of the suitors that is soon to come....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays]

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The Odyssey - Comparing The Ro

- Odyssey vs. Rustling Rhapsody Comparison of the Role of Women 'A woman is very unpredictable. She is romantic, sensitive and caring; however, underneath she is convoluted, deceptive and dangerous.'; -Erin Perrizn (1963 -) One would automatically assume that the female character in a heroic story takes the preconceived role of an object at the disposal of the male protagonist. The female character in a heroic story holds the stereotype that she is obtuse, and will repeatedly flock to the most handsome man....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Odyssey

- Telemachus is unsure about his role as prince. He has always been told he is Odysseus son, but it isn’t etched in stone. His mother could be deceiving him all along. Telemachus is still a young boy and is trying to grow into an adult. He has the potential to become a worthy king. This would be a very difficult task with no one that supports or loves you. Even the finest leaders need help and acceptance from others. He has to learn to work together with the people of his palace and turn it into something great....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Odyssey

- Odysseys is angry that he has been betrayed by Circe and threatens her to tell him the way home. She tells him that only Tarsiers know the way home. He must go to the underworld to find him. Back in Ithica men taunt Telemachus with his fathers death. Odysseus finds Tarsier, and he tells him that he is blinded by the journey not the passage which is his life and that he must fallow the star and he will run into 2 beasts, Scylla and Charyladis. On the way out of hell he sees his mother. The ship travels through a cave where it is attacked by Scylla, then the ship goes over a waterfalls where the ship and all of the men left after Scylla’s attack get swallowed up by Charyldis leaving onl...   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Odyssey

- During the night Odysseus tosses and turns, worrying about the outcome of his encounter with the suitor. Athena appears to himin a dream and promises that he will aid in the struggle. Penelope also unable to sleep and prays to Artemis, begging that she be rescued from marriage to another man, even if it means her death. In the morning Odysseus appeals to Zeus for a sign of his favor and is answered by the rumbling of thunder and lightning. Others notice the sign and a general mood of imminant danger sets in....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The narrative epic, ‘The Odyssey’ composed by Homer between 750 and 650

- The narrative epic, ‘The Odyssey’ composed by Homer between 750 and 650 BC recounts the nostos or homeward voyage of Odysseus If I were you, I should take steps to make these men disperse. Listen, now, and attend to what I say: at daybreak call the islanders to assembly, and speak your will, and call the gods to witness: the suitors must go scattering to their homes. Then here’s a course for you, if you agree: get a sound craft afloat with twenty oars and go abroad for news of your lost father— perhaps a traveller’s tale, or rumored fame issued from Zeus abroad in the world of men....   [tags: Classics]

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The Odyssey: The Use Of Hubris

- “There is no safety in unlimited hubris” (McGeorge Bundy). The dictionary defines hubris as overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance. In The Odyssey, Homer embodies hubris into the characters Odysseus, the Suitors, and the Cyclopes. Odysseus shows hubris when he is battling the Cyclopes, the Cyclopes show hubris when dealing with Odysseus, and the Suitors show it when Odysseus confronts them at his home. To start, within the course of The Odyssey, Odysseus displays hubris through many of his actions....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Archetype of Ulysses in the Odyssey

- We have read an adventurous story called The Odyssey. It was about a hero named Ulysses who goes through many conflicts to get home. He has faced monsters to beautiful women, but he still got home. Ulysses fits the model of an archetype. There are three ways he fits into the model. One way that Ulysses fits into the model of an archetype is that he has a supernatural power. An archetype means an original pattern. Ullyses has the abilities of strength. He is also very clever. Ulysses has alot of strength because he can bend the bow to connect it but no one else could....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Odyssey, Learning About Himself

- In the Odyssey, written by Homer, Odysseus learned a lot about himself and what he had to do to become a better overall human. The adventures he goes on, I think, opens his eyes to a world in which he thought he was invincible. With the Odyssey, Odysseus learned a big lesson in humility. The greatest example of this is in the last five books or so within the story. He has to dress, act, and live like a beggar in order to regain everything he had lost. While he was a beggar, the suitors treated him horribly....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Odyssey - A Creton Lie

- Gentle waves lap against the Ithacian shore line as Odysseus has finally reached his native homeland. Rumors of the great turmoil that has rocked Odysseus' home land and house has reached him abroad. After hearing the news, he decides to don a beggar's disguise and so forth begins the great test. When the disguised Odysseus in Homer's great epic poem, The Odyssey, converses with her wife Penelope in Book nineteen, he tests her loyalty to her husband' s honor and her love of her missing husband....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Odysseus's Qualities in The Odyssey

- In the Odyssey by Homer, Odysseus must face many obstacles on his journey. He is only able to conquer them because of his wonderful qualities. He meets, a Cyclopes, Sirens, a six-headed monster, a regurgitating whirlpool, and a group of greedy, lovesick men. Some Odysseus's more important qualities are, determination, cunning, and protecting. One of Odysseus's many qualities is determination. He remains determined throughout the entire saga to get back to his family. During Odysseus's Odyssey he encounters many obstacles, beast, god, and nature....   [tags: Homer]

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A Comparison of Homer's Odyssey and Oedipus the King

- In the world of literature, there are many similarities and differences between them. These similarities and differences are significant because the reader can learn and thoroughly comprehend them. Two examples of such literature are the epic poems Oedipus the King , written by Sophocles and The Odyssey, written by Homer who were both Greek poets. Oedipus the King and The Odyssey share many similarities. The most important and significant similarity is that both epic poems are involved in a conflict when we first encounter the poems....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Essay About Love in Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey

- The Importance of Love in Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey   Homer’s Iliad was a tragedy illustrating the despair and useless suffering associated with war.    Homer's Odyssey was an epic tale of long suffering resolving in triumph.    Though there were a great many differences between the two works, there was an underlying theme of love which ran through both.     Not just the physical manifestation of infatuation, but the kind of love that makes one willing to die for another             The events portrayed in the Iliad were set in motion by love.    Paris' love for Helen and her love for Paris, resulting in Helen deserting Menelaus and leaving with Paris for Troy.    Helen, consumed by h...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Odysseus is a Greek Hero

- Most people hear the word hero and think of the stereotypical individual with an incredible appearance, outlandish brawn, and a smile to die for. This is not always accurate; some of the most legendary heroes from Greek mythology take advantage of many other traits. Loyalty, craftiness, intelligence, and keen observational skills are needed to escalate a hero’s stature. Homer's epic poem “Odyssey” reveals Odysseus with the characteristics of a true hero. Odysseus demonstrates a multitude of different skills that many other heroes do not poses....   [tags: Homer Odyssey]

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Telemechus in The Odyssey

- The people who raise a child influence that child’s values. Telemechus in “The Odyssey” is the son of Odysseus, a hero from the battle of Troy. After Telemechus was born, Odysseus left for battle leaving Telemechus, and his wife, Penelope, for a sum of twenty years. Telemechus had to learn to become a man at a very young age because he had to uphold the position of the man in the household. He developed a way of modernized thinking for this time in Greece, this includes his disbelief in the gods or their power over human beings....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Odyssey Criticism

- Douglas Steward is a very highly regarded writer. In his works that focused on, "The Disguised Guest," he explains his views of Odysseus' self struggles that appear when he arrives back home. His point of views toward the mental and physical struggles that Odysseus goes through are hard to disagree with. He puts a strong emphasis on the effect that others are going to have on him, when he reveals himself. I strongly believe that is something every individual has a struggle with, whether it is coming out of a disguise or just something that is not usual to others....   [tags: Douglas Stewart]

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Homer's The Odyssey

- I. Preliminary Information A. The name of the book I read is The Odyssey Translated by W.H.D. Rouse. B. The author of the book is Homer. C. The name of the book's publisher is New American Library. The novel was published in New York City. D. This book was published in August 1999. The original year is not known. E. The edition of this book is Signet Classic. F. The book's translator is W.H.D. Rouse. G. This novel has 271 pages. H. This book is a work of non-fiction. II....   [tags: Analysis Odyssey]

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The Search For Self - A Critical Analysis Of The Odyssey

- The afternoon was slowly fading into the evening and I had gone the whole day without the figure of my aspiration, my father. I impatiently paced the floor in front of the door like a stalking cat waiting to pounce on its prey. The thoughts of wrestling my father and hear those words of affirmation, “You got me. Mercy. I give up!” filled my head. My father was obviously faking it but there was something about his words that have such power over a young boys life. Mothers are sources of comfort and safety for a young boy but it is the father that defines the identity of a young boy, the father bestows manhood on the boy....   [tags: The Odyssey Homer]

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The Character of Athena in Homer's Odyssey

- Character of Athena in Homer's Odyssey Imagine living in another world and time, one where you were not only a god but could also take the form of any object or person that you chose. Athena, the daughter of Zeus, has this ability. Of all the characters in the Odyssey, the most interesting to me is Athena. In my opinion, she guides the main characters of the Odyssey in the right direction. She kind of looks over their shoulders and serves as a guardian angel. Athena makes Telemachos go to Pylos and Sparta....   [tags: Homer Odyssey womody]

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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

- 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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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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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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Vengence In the Odyssey

- Vengance in the Odyssey      Vengeance is the main theme in the Odyssey, it is what all the conflict in the story is for every conflict in the story is caused because of each characters thirst for vengance. The three characters that show this most greatly are as follows. Poseidon through his constant punishment of Odysseus throughout the story. Secondly Telemachus' need to make the suitors pay for disrespecting his house as well as his mother and the lack of his ability to become or even be seen as a possible heir to his fathers thrown....   [tags: Odyssey Essays]

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Penelope and Odysseus of Homer's Odyssey

- Penelope and Odysseus of Homer's Odyssey Penelope and Odysseus, being kin spirits, soul mates, and a great husband and wife in their own right, are very much alike. They have many of the same qualities. Both Penelope and Odysseus are very quick thinking and cunning. Odysseus, for example, devises the plan to get the Cyclops to drink the wine so the crew could stab him in the eye. Another example of Odysseus' cunning is his elaborate plan to massacre the suitors. Odysseus orders that all the weapons be taken out of the room where the arrow contest was being held, then that the women of the household to be locked in their rooms, as to not interfere, then for the doors to be l...   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays]

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Odyssey, by Homer

- Cameron Pringle November 18, 2013 6th Period Mrs. Moore Telemachus and Odysseus Relationship How is your relationship with your father. For a son, it is important to have a good father and son relationship. As a son, some things that my father tells me are that I matter to him, he loves me, I am important to him, he proud of me for the good things I do. In addition, my father shares his experiences as a child, so I will not make the same mistakes. In the Odyssey by Homer, Odysseus son, Telemachus, did not have a father figure in his early childhood....   [tags: character analyses, father-son relationship]

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The Odyssey

- Everyone has a home. Regardless of its location, it is a place of acceptance and belonging. In a sense it’s where the heart is. Though in The Odyssey, the concept of home is blurry and for the most part incomplete, it is the most important thing to Odysseus, and he is willing to go through utter hell to return to his home. Telemachus and Penelope reside in an incomplete home. In book one Telemachus speaks to Mentes, the clear-eyed goddess Athena in disguise, “mother has always told me I’m his son, it’s true, but I am not so certain.” Telemachus, although frequently enlightened of his father’s heroic character, knows not the slightest bit about his father, and he has contemplated whether or...   [tags: essays research papers]

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herody Essay on Homer's Odyssey: A Hero Defined

- A Hero Defined in Homer's Odyssey What makes a hero. To be known as a hero takes a lot, but what is a true hero. Well, it depends on whom you ask. To some, a hero might just be a person who is courageous and brave, to others a hero might be a person that is a strong warrior and leader who wins battles; however, to some to others, a hero might be a person who uses his brain just as much as a warrior uses his sword. Odysseus, in Homer's epic, "The Odyssey", embodies the ideal human qualities that Homer's Greek society mostly admired....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays]

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The Odyssey, Books I - IV

- In reading the first four books of "The Odyssey" we see a lot of different struggles going on but once we focus on Telemachus we begin to capture a more metal picture of this main character. Odysseus's son, Telemachus has lost his father, suitors are pursuing his mother, and he is learning how to grow up without the legendary guidance of his great father. Telemachus appears to be a young, lost boy who is trapped in a world that he has no control over. Feelings of being left behind and not getting the recognition he so rightfully deserves to take over the throne, Telemachus will set out on a journey to find the answers he needs....   [tags: Personal Essays]

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Literary Term Odyssey Essay

- There are many examples of conflict in this poem. The Odyssey is full of conflict and that it is part of what makes it such an appealing story. Odysseus faces many struggles on his long journey home. Some are external conflicts. It seems as if every time something good happens to him, that is when disaster strikes. Not only does Odysseus face conflict, but so do his wife and son back home. Odysseus also faces several internal conflicts as well. These conflicts cause the reader to sympathize with the characters as well as feel better about the conflicts in their own lives....   [tags: Homer's epic poem]

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Characters in The Odyssey and Ramayana

- In The Odyssey and Ramayana, the authors depict the characters through the eyes of their culture and civilization. In both works, the representation of men and women reflects an ideal that was sought after at the time. Particularly, the texts focus on the relationships between the main characters and the religion, as well as the main character and their familial ties. In The Odyssey, there is Athena and Odysseus while in Ramayana, there is Rama and Sita. Both Athena and Sita represent the idealistic woman which base their actions and thoughts off of their emotions....   [tags: Character Analysis ]

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Character Analysis of The Odyssey by Homer

- The Odyssey was written by Homer and is a Greek Epic Poem. It tells the story of how Odysseus returned from Troy after the Trojan War and his adventures and experiences of the journey. In the book, Odysseus is portrayed as a hero by his actions and how he copes with the challenging situations of his trip. Throughout the nearly 10 years traveling, Odysseus showed responsibility, justice, and wisdom in each one of his trials. Responsibility, an important trait of a hero is demonstrated throughout the book constantly for a good reason....   [tags: responsibility, justice, wisdom]

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The Nature of Women Portrayed by Circe and Calypso in The Odyssey

- The Nature of Women Portrayed by Circe and Calypso in The Odyssey In Homer's composition, The Odyssey, the roles women play are very significant. The best examples of the true nature of women occur when Odysseus encounters Circe and Calypso. These two characters illustrate the thoughts and feelings of how women how a woman feels and how they think. As the quote states, Circe and Calypso illustrate how women really can be crafty, intelligent, sneaky, disloyal, and cruel. In contrast to battles with men, Cyclops, or animals, sexual battles with women are sometimes much more difficult to win....   [tags: Papers]

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The Perseverance of Odysseus

- In the epic poem, The Odyssey, by Homer, Odysseus goes through many trials while trying to return home from the Trojan War. On his voyage home, he must visit the Land of the Dead, evade the Sirens, Scylla and Charybdis and when he does arrive home, participate in a tricky reunion with his wife, Penelope. All of these examples show that Odysseus has extreme determination and perseverance. Perseverance is an excellent quality that few possess which can spark achievement. In the “Land of the Dead”, Odysseus has to make a complicated potion to bring out the profit Teiresias....   [tags: The Odyssey, by Homer]

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Homer: Blind or Captive

- ... He is most famous for composing The Iliad and The Odyssey. The Iliad is about the Trojan war and The Battle of Troy. In the beginning of the book Achilles fights with the chief king whose name is Agamemon, about a female slave, the soldiers gave her to him as a prize. The chief king takes the female slave and Achilles leaves the war. Achilles starts fighting again when Patroclus, Achilles close friend, is killed. Achilles kills the person who killed Patroclus. The Iliad ends there before Achilles dies from an arrow shot into his heel, and before the trojan horse is sent into Troy....   [tags: The Odyssey, ancient Greek poets]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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- In Homer’s The Odyssey, many happenings interfere with Odysseus’ journey to return home to his wife, Penelope, and son, Telemachus. Self-determination is a strong characteristic that Odysseus portrays in The Odyssey. The three traits that Odysseus portrays as evidence of his self-determination are: endurance, perseverance, and courage. Odysseus, like most humans, has his doubts of confidence, but seems to overcome them. Out of this great tragedy, he has become a greater man to regain his kingdom and live a long life....   [tags: essays research papers]

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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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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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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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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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Portrayal of Women in Homer's Odyssey

- The Portrayal of Women in Homer's Odyssey In the first section of Odyssey, mortal women are presented to us as controlled by the stereotypes and expectations of the culture of the day, and it is only within that context that we can consider the examples Homer provides of women to be admired or despised. He provides us with clear contrasts, between Penelope and Eurycleia on the one hand, and Helen and Clytemnaestra on the other. In Penelope’s case, it is made clear that her freedom of action is strictly controlled....   [tags: Homer Odyssey womody]

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Loyalty in Homer's Odyssey

- Loyal Relationships in Homer's Odyssey Loyalty is heroic. Loyalty is defined as faithfulness or devotion to a person, cause, obligations, or duties. In Homer's Odyssey one can see loyalty in many forms. Odysseus is loyal to the gods whom he realized held his life in their hands. Penelope was loyal to Odysseus, while trying not to offend the rude suitors. Telemachus was loyal to a father whom he only knew from the stories he had been told. Time and time again we see loyalty in the strongest sense, complete fidelity in time of uncertainty....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays]

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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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The Role of the Gods in Homer's Odyssey

- The Role of the Gods in Homer's Odyssey Odysseus is a man. He is not a god, yet he seeks protection and assistance from the gods because he knows that it is necessary. The authority of the gods over Odysseus and the other characters in this ancient epic is obvious. Through out the story, we see example after example of the gods intervening in the life of Odysseus. The story opens with Odysseus living on the island of Kalypso. He is being held against his will. He partially submits to her, but will not become her husband....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays]

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Role of Penelope in Homer's Odyssey

- The Role of Penelope in Homer's Odyssey The character of Penelope in Homer's Odyssey has served as an archetype of femininity proper. Her physical attributes, while comely by even the most demanding standards, are veiled. Her intellectual attributes are veiled too. She seems more often than not to wear a veil of tears (for her man) or a veil of silence (for her own wishes), or ineptitude (in her dealings with her son). She is certainly no Helen. She is not flaunting or whore-ish. She is not unconcerned with the needs of others, nor flippant about marital bonds, nor the loyalty of her heart....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays]

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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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