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    Heroes and the Journey Home

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    Heroes and the Journey Home A hero is someone who works to change things toward a certain ideal or succeeds in making change, usually to the benefit of many others besides him or herself. Heroes come in just about every form and almost every group or cause has its heroes. One of the definitions for a hero is that they are someone who is "admired for qualities and achievements and is regarded as an ideal or model."(New World Dictionary, 657) There have been many men and women who I consider to

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    The Trials of Odysseus of Homer's Odyssey

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    written after his Iliad which told the tales of the Trojan War. This Odyssey told of the wanderings of a prominent warrior and ruler, Odysseus. Odysseus fought in the Trojan War and, after the Greeks claimed their victory at Troy, began his prolonged journey home. During his travels Odysseus faced many obstacles which he had to overcome. Through his wanderings, Odysseus had to prove his valor, intellect, and determination. Incorporated into The Odyssey are many current-day characteristics of man including

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    Odysseus as Epic Hero of Homer's Odyssey Homer's epic poem The Odyssey is about Odysseus' ten-year journey home from the Trojan War and what Odysseus has to do when he returns.  The journey itself is quite a story.  Odysseus and his men come in contact with many obstacles that they must overcome and there are more hurdles to jump when Odysseus reaches his destination.  Odysseus is an epic hero who, besides showing superhuman characteristics in strength, bravery and cleverness, also proves

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    resources of the swineherd and his own abundance of cloaks at home, Odysseus frames his story so that the swineherd would consider lending his guest the use of a cloak rather than telling a tale with a moral of being generous and gift giving. The swineherd is able to show his guest hospitality yet face no loss by the lending of a cloak. This insight shows the maturity and development that Odysseus has experienced along his journey home; a younger and less experienced Odysseus may not have considered

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    Maximus and Odysseus

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    this could mean death. Commodus was the only son of Marcus Aurelius. However Commodus killed his father and took the place of Caesar. During his second courageous act, his wife and only son are murdered and he is to be executed. This changing his journey home as I will discuss as we move on. Furthering his acts of heroism he manages to save the lives of many slaves by battling in the arena, saving a senator from execution, and avenging his wife and son by slaying the emperor. His acts of nobility occur

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    The Women of Homer’s Odyssey

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    his journey, Odysseus meets three different women who want him to be their husband: Circe, Calypso, Nausicca, and finally one woman who is his true wife: Penelope. Each of these women has a profound effect on Odysseus journey home.  Yet, even though these women are much more powerful than ordinary Greek women are they still carry some semblance of the "good female" in Greek society. Circe, though not the first female we meet in Odyssey, is the first woman Odysseus meets on his journey home from

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    War when Telemachos was just born. The Trojan War lasted for 10 years and on Odysseus’ journey home he faced a 10 year detour. Odysseus, the great king of Ithaca has been missing for 20 years and rumors of his death had reached the shores of his kingdom. Suitors who have no intention of caring for Telemachos and Penelope (Odysseus’ wife), but of amassing Odysseus’ fortune began to fill the halls of Odysseus’ home in hopes of becoming the next king of Ithaca. Young Telemachos stood powerless to defend

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    Women and Deception in Homer's Odyssey

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    realization all by himself, however; his statement represents the common sentiment that existed throughout all ancient Greece. Even before Odysseus speaks with Agamemnon, he exhibits a similar attitude in his many encounters with women during his long journey home. Every major female character that Odysseus comes across uses deception in one form or another to get the better of him. This being the case, Odysseus fights fire with fire, using his own cunning deception against the evils of womankind. The

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    Odysseus Lessons

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    On Odysseus journey home, he learned many lessons as on of them…he learned that he needs the help of others. His men for instance helped him fight in the Trojan War. They put together a large horse to sit and wait in, and in a building where the Trojans were celebrating, for they thought they had won the war. Once everybody was asleep, they got out of the horse, and started to attack everybody and killed everybody that was in sight. They won the war without losing any men in the group. Another

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    The Bike Ride

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    few remaining stars twinkling sporatically, as if the emptiness was snuffing them out. I waved goodbye to my friends at the comic store, my usual stop on Thursday nights. I grabbed my bike and began pedaling, pysching myself up for the arduous journey home. After a short time I entered the maze-like development aptly named "Fireside." I rode my bike at a carefree pace, after all I had taken this route at least once a week. Besides that, York, Penn., is the most boring city ever...what could possibly

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