Journey of Heroes: Dorothy and Odysseus

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Ali Pederson
Mrs. Spera
English 9 Honors
5 March 2012
Dorothy and Odysseus
A hero is someone who is courageous, loyal, and fearful. Odysseus is a hero from The Odyssey that is told by Homer. The epic story begins when Aphrodite cast a love spell on Paris and Helen. Paris is the prince of Troy and Helen is the queen of Sparta. Helen is Menelause’s wife who is the king of Sparta. Paris and Helen after having a love spell cast on them end up falling in love. When Paris takes Helen back to Troy with him, Menelaus summons Odysseus, Agamemnon, and other soldiers. Menelaus asks them to sail to Troy to get his wife Helen back from Paris. This is where Odysseus must leave his home, wife, and son to go on a long journey. Dorothy Gale from the movie The Wizard of Oz is also a hero. The movie is filmed in Kansas on a farm where Dorothy lives with her Aunt Em. Toto, Dorothy’s dog, bites Dorothy’s neighbor Miss Almira Gulch. Miss Almira Gulch gets a sheriff to take Toto away to be destroyed. Toto runs away from the sheriff and back to Dorothy. Dorothy takes Toto and they run away from home. As Dorothy is going back home an approaching tornado appears. Dorothy and Toto are then carried away to the magical Land of the Oz. Anxious to get home, Odysseus’s Odysseus and Dorothy’s journeys consist of the departure, the initiation, and the return.

First, Odysseus’s and Dorothy’s journeys begin with the departure. The departure of Odysseus’s journey starts when Odysseus is asked by Menelaus to leave Ithaca and fight the Trojans to get Helen back. At first Odysseus refuses the call to travel to Troy because he does not want to leave his beloved wife Penelope and his son Telemachus. Athena, who is the goddess of war and wisdom, is Odysseus’s supernatural aid throughout The Odyssey. Athena protects and stands by Odysseus’s side through the Trojan War. Finally, Odysseus leaves Ithaca to go fight in the Trojan War. Odysseus then enters the belly of the whale when entering the...
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