The Odyssey

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Homer the Odyssey

The Odyssey is an enduring classic because it emphasizes the essential family values that exist within everyone regardless of culture. In Homer’s Odyssey, the main character, Odysseus, sets off on a voyage to foreign lands and encounters mythical beings. These supernatural forces seem intent on Odysseus’ destruction, but through his cunning and guile he is able to outwit, survive, and overcome the hostility entities of the world. His unwavering determination and longing to be reunited with his family ultimately allow him to find his way home. Odysseus has become the model archetype of a hero that has influenced many stories in modern literature. The reason for this is because of his boundless courage and his reputation of being known as one of the bravest warriors in the land. Although he is looked upon by others with envy and perceived as a brave warrior it is the inherit flaws, present in everyman that truly define Odysseus as a character. The epic journey described in the Odyssey, deals greatly with Odysseus’ personal quest to discover where his heart truly lies and what is most important. For Odysseus the primary focus is on defining his individual self without losing his family, while maintaining order in his life. Throughout his journey he constantly struggles with the idea of trying to balance what is important to him as an individual, with trying to preserve his family. When Odysseus finally returns home to his native land, the story feels like it’s coming to a natural conclusion. It is at this point in the story however, Odysseus’ trials and tribulations come full circle as he comes to know the consequences brought about by his 20 year absence. During Odysseus’ travels, he is tempted by lust, fame, wealth, and glory. In the beginning of the epic he was tempted by wealth and by lust of the Goddess Calypso; she offered him immortality if he’d stay with her on the island. It took Odysseus 7 years to reach a decision, even though...
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