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  • Odyssey

    Iliad and The Odyssey - the central pillars of Ancient Greek literature were written by legendary Greek author Homer. The Odyssey, the sequel to Iliad, follows the story of Odysseus who has not returned to his kingdom of Ithaca after fighting the war of Troy 10 years ago.

    The Plot

    In the absence of Odysseus, his palace in Ithaca has been cluttered by suitors of Odysseus’ wife Penelope. While Penelope faithfully waits for her husband’s return, Prince Telemachus mopes as he lacks the confidence to overthrow all those who are vying for the crown. Antinous plots to murder Telemachus to remove the last hurdle between the crown and himself.

    Backed by Athena's support, Telemachus sets sail to Pylos and Sparta where he learns that his father is still alive and trapped in an island by Calypso. As he plans to return home, Antinous is all set to ambush and assassinate Telemachus. Meanwhile, Zeus and Hermes decide to help Odysseus escape and convince Calypso to build him a ship. As the protagonist sets sail to go home, he is confronted by the angry sea god Poseidon who wants revenge from Odysseus for blinding his son. Athena helps Odysseus to reach safety, and guides him back to Ithaca disguised as a beggar. Odysseus reveals his true self to Telemachus and they plot to kill all those vying for the crown. The next day, Odysseus reaches the palace as a beggar only to be insulted by the suitors of Penelope. Suspecting that the beggar might be her husband in disguise, she organizes a competition where the winner would marry her. While all the suitors fail, Odysseus performs the task effortlessly and wins. He reveals his identity and the entire courtroom rejoices. Telemachus along with his trusted aides kill every last suitor.

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  • The Odyssey

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    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

  • A Space Odyssey and The Odyssey

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    Metis in 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Odyssey The movie 2001: A Space Odyssey by Steven Kubrick and The Odyssey by Homer have underlying themes that have relationships to each respectively. However, Greek mythology often attributes strength as the ultimate virtue, and even current day movies do too. The attribute of being clever or cunning is seen during 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Odyssey seen by Odysseus and David Bowman as the dominate theme throughout both titles. Metis, the Greek word meaning

  • Odyssey

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    "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."

  • The Characteristics Of The Odyssey In The Odyssey

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    and similarly improves by becoming a great war hero. 2) Iron’s steadfast endurance is matched by its potential to act as an agent of destruction; Odysseus prepares for a battle at his homecoming and destroys the traitors in his home. Thesis: In The Odyssey, Odysseus displays many characteristics similar to that of iron, a powerful and dangerous material. Question 4 “Thesis Development A”: P1: Rama believes that an individual should not be concerned with the problems they encounter because they do not

  • The Odyssey

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    The life of a God, forever bliss, complete happiness: Odysseus slights all of these things in order for him to return to his loving wife and son. The concept of true commitment was a very commendable quality for a Greek hero to possess. With this character trait, Odysseus models the ideal husband, father, and leader. Unfortunately, in today’s society, one rarely encounters such outstanding morality. Being raised in an explicit society, a decrease in certain morals has become fashionable. In particular

  • The Odyssey

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    Throughout vast journeys of many heroes, no other hero had a more complex journey than Odysseus. This journey is called The Odyssey, written by Homer. It is an epic poem or story told of a hero name Odysseus on a 20-year voyage trying to get back home from the Trojan War. The great epic poem known as The Odyssey and attributed to Homer was probably first written down around the eighth century BC, but the origins of the ancient story in myth, legend, and folklore and art appear to be much older. Greek

  • The Odyssey

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    modern day literature and life. The Odyssey is an epic poem written by Homer, which tells the story of Odysseus's journey home after the Trojan War. Odysseus does not achieve his goal of reaching home so easily; monsters and gods come in his way and hinder him. The Odyssey expresses Greek values of hospitality from the customs of Ithaca, humility from Odysseus’s reform, and loyalty from Odysseus’s family. The Greek value of hospitality is exhibited in The Odyssey by Odysseus and Penelope. Odysseus

  • The Odyssey

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    The Odyssey’ places emphasis on cunning and guilefulness rather than strength as in the former epic; elucidated in Odysseus’ dealings with Poseidon’s son, the Cyclops Polyphemus. Compelled Composed approximately in 700 B.C., Homer’s epic narrative, ‘The Odyssey’ depicts the homeward voyage of the legendary Greek hero Odysseus. The Epos, commonly known as “The Wanderings of Odysseus” are the protagonists’ recounting of his perilous misadventures to King Alcinous of the Phaecians; to date

  • The Odyssey

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    In Book eight of Homer’s Odyssey our hero Odysseus has come to the palace of King Alcinous and Queen Arete of the Phaeacians. This book can be read as a historical record, containing paragons and social rules. These rules and paragon are Homer’s and the archaic Greek’s view of a society in its most undisturbed form. Homer uses the Phaeacians to illustrate what behaviors are to be expected of a kingdom. By giving the listener/reader such a calm and well-organized realm Homer creates a stark juxtapose