Odysseus’s Odyssey Home
“He saw the townlands and learned the minds of many distant men, and weathered many bitter nights and days in his deep heart at sea, while he fought only to save his life, to bring his shipmates home” (McDougal p. 1104). Odysseus, King of Ithica, was determined to get home with all of his men unscathed after the Trojan War; however, the voyage did not go as anticipated. Whilst on his journey home to Ithica, Odysseus and his men found themselves facing an island of Cannibals, a Cyclops, a sea monster, a whirlpool, an island of dead souls, and an island of enticing, tempting and seductive bird women called sirens, who lure sailors to their deaths by crashing into the rocky shores. No matter what challenge came next, Odysseus would not give up on his crew or himself. Odysseus is an epic hero because he is a valorous leader with oodles of self-control. Odysseus makes for a valorous leader because he is brave and intelligent. Having landed on Circe’s island, in this quote the men are approaching Circe’s hall:
In the wild wood they found an open glade,
around a smooth stone house-the hall of Circe-
and wolves an mountain lion lay there, mild
in her loft spell, fed on her drug of evil (McDougal p.1124) While they sail home, this quote explains what the men find when Odysseus and his crew find themselves on the island of the goddess Circe, who just so happens to turn men into animals. Odysseus and his men split into two groups; while Odysseus’s men stay on the ship, the other group goes into Circe’s hall where they are turned into pigs. After half of his men are turned to pigs by the goddess Circe, Odysseus travels alone into Circe’s great hall to get them back because he promised the men’s families that they would return home. Circe tricks Odysseus into thinking he has been there for a day, but it has actually been an entire year. Odysseus begs Circe to let them go home, and in reply Circe tells Odysseus to first go to the land of...
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