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Odyssey 750 Word Research Paper

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The Odyssey
While I was reading the Odyssey I noticed a couple moments that relate to real life, so I ask myself what elements relate to real life. First I looked at how the monsters relate to life today and I found out that Calypso a sea nymph is a person holding us back from our goals within life. She is misleading and selfish. She cares only about herself. The Cyclops, because he has only one eye, relates to how people who see through only one perspective. Circe represents wealth and power. If you abuse it, you will become corrupted or you might get "turned into pigs". You should never let your greed control your life. The Sirens represent people who try to make you live in the past. When you encounter these kinds of people, never let them bring you back to the past. Always think of the present and future. Scylla's six heads snatch six men quickly. This shows how quickly an accident or tragedy can happen in real life. Charybdis is not only opposite Scylla because of where she is, but she is also opposite because of what she does. Unlike Scylla, Charybdis sucks her victims in slowly. She represents things in your life that take you in very gradually.

The main character named Odysseus fought among the other Greek heroes at Troy and now struggles to return to his kingdom in Ithaca. Odysseus is the husband of Queen Penelope and the father of Prince Telemachus. Though a strong and courageous warrior, he is most renowned for his cunning. He is a favorite of the goddess Athena, who often sends him divine aid, but a bitter enemy of Poseidon, who frustrates his journey at every turn. Odysseus went on a voyage, over time he has made Poseidon the God of water. On this voyage Poseidon just keeps trying to stop and kill Odysseus.

As I kept going on with my research I found out the placement of the Odyssey, is around Greece. Now days the use to be known country and island Ithaca is now called Ithaki. Ithaca use to be two separate islands. Overtime and with the world shifting they turned into one island. Ithaca sits on the coast of Greece.

Then as I continued, I decide to look at the other side characters, Starting with Telemachus, who was Odysseus’s son. An infant when Odysseus left for Troy, Telemachus is about twenty at the beginning of the story. He is a natural obstacle to the suitors desperately courting his mother, but despite his courage and good heart, he initially lacks the poise and confidence to oppose them. His maturation, especially during his trip to Pylos and Sparta in Books 3 and 4, provides a subplot to the epic. Athena often assists him.

Then I came to Penelope , who is the wife of Odysseus and mother of Telemachus. Penelope spends her days in the palace pining for the husband who left for Troy twenty years earlier and never returned. Homer portrays her as sometimes flighty and excitable but also clever and steadfastly true to her husband.

I then came to the Gods of the story. The first was Poseidon who was the god of the sea. As the suitors are Odysseus’s mortal antagonists, Poseidon is his divine antagonist. He despises Odysseus for blinding his son, the Cyclops Polyphemus, and constantly hampers his journey home. Ironically, Poseidon is the patron of the seafaring Phaeacians, who ultimately help to return Odysseus to Ithaca.

Next was Zeus who is the king of gods and men, who mediates the disputes of the gods on Mount Olympus. Zeus is occasionally depicted as weighing men’s fates in his scales. He sometimes helps Odysseus or permits Athena to do the same.

Next, I came to the suitors, the first being Antinous who is the most arrogant of Penelope’s suitors. Antinous leads the campaign to have Telemachus killed. Unlike the other suitors, he is never portrayed sympathetically, and he is the first to die when Odysseus returns.

Then I came to Eurymachus who is a manipulative, deceitful suitor. Eurymachus’s charisma and duplicity allow him to exert some influence over the other suitors.

`Finally, I came to Amphinomus who is among the dozens of suitors, the only decent man seeking Penelope’s hand in marriage. Amphinomus sometimes speaks up for Odysseus and Telemachus, but he is killed like the rest of the suitors in the final fight.

When I finished, I realized that a lot of things from the story have elements that connect to real life, be it locations, times, or people, this holds a lot of similarities.

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