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The Odyssey

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Introduction

The Odyssey This is a poem that can be truly called of epic proportions. We experience so much, through the talent of Homer, as he relates the tale of a dashing hero Odysseus. Of course, he is no dashing hero as we might consider one of the great heroes of our time. Instead, this hero not only embodied the very ideal of the Grecian pattern of thought, but he was a figure meant for teaching. Children would gather around a storyteller's feet as he related the events that would transpire through our hero's life. More specifically is the time that Odysseus spent as he traveled toward his home, Ithaca. This would last for a period of about ten years, following the Trojan War. Odysseus, as he did embody all of Greek's ideas of a perfect person, had defeated his adversaries with ease. With victory under their belts, his men shipped out for the journey home. Little did they know what would lie ahead of them. There is a difference between the hero, Odysseus, and those of our time, such as Super Man. Odysseus has faults. It is a very simple thing to us, the fact that he has faults means very little. ...read more.

Middle

(Line 1129) We go through our lives living in our mistakes, often we do not even see the fact that we are being stupid. As we look back we can see the mockery that we placed ourselves into and we laugh. But it is ever important for any civilization, to realize that we cannot fix our problems in a day. From all that we have heard concerning the ancient Greeks, they were not a warlike people. They enjoyed learning of all kinds. Yet where they did not enjoy war, they did enjoy competition. They competed with other city-states in the hope that they might become superior. But, they still believed in peace. This would be an important thing to breed into our young children, the simple fact that things are better solved in other ways than violence. Odysseus shouted with his victory over the cyclops, "How do you like the beating that we gave you..?" (Lines 433-434) Such words were his major flaw in this episode. His taunting brought about a problem that nearly cost him his crew as well as his own well being. Along with the bad behavior, the epic does give a counter part to replace that which they have discounted as a bad thing. ...read more.

Conclusion

Not the physical journey over land and sea, but rather the journey he took through his experiences and mistakes. Finally after the tens years comes to an end, he is struck with a perfect sense of the model Greek citizen. His faults reduced to a minimum so that he was virtually perfect. There is a single glory to him that made him such a hero. A simple fact that makes him the great person that all wish they could be. Instead of living within his mistakes to commit them again, he learns. He instead of discounting all that happened, learned and became a better person for it. He has reached that end point, the goal at the end of the road. He got there after taking the road from the beginning. He made the goal by traveling and the roll was sweeter for it. Remember always that the goal ahead is enticing, we must continually strive to reach it, but it is not the goal that is important now. We must remember, that the important thing right now, is the journey. It is the journey that makes the roll, it is the journey that makes it sweet. "The journey is the purpose of life, not the final goal." (Tiresias, the blind prophet) ...read more.

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