Sundiata and the Odyssey of Homer

Topics: Sundiata Keita, Odysseus, Mali Empire Pages: 3 (1023 words) Published: June 21, 2006
A quest is the act or instance of seeking or pursuing something. In the books "Sundiata" and "The Odyssey of Homer", both of the main characters venture out on quests. Throughout each characters quest, they have goals they would like to achieve, obstacles that get in their way, and enemies they must face. Sundiata and Odysseus also receive some assistance along the way. Both characters also have a common goal to return to their homes after their quests are over. If their quests are successful they will be able to achieve their goals.

King Maghan who is married to a woman named Sassouma, is told by a prophecy that he must marry an extremely ugly woman and have a child with her. The ugly woman named Sogolon Kedju would be called the buffalo woman because she was a human double who roamed around ruining the land of Do. The child King Maghan and Sogolon had was suppose to be Mali's greatest king ever. When the child was born, he was named Mari Diata, but people called him Sogolon Diata, and eventually, Sundiata. Sundiata was unable to walk until he was about seven years old. When the king dies, his first wife saw to it that her son, Dankaran claimed the throne. Sundiata couldn't have been king anyway because at that time he still was unable to walk. When Sundiata learned how to walk he became capable of taking the throne. Sundiata didn't become a threat to his brother Dankaran until he learned how to walk. Sundiata is then forced to go into exile for safety until his time came to be king. He travels through many kingdoms hundreds of miles away.

Odysseus left his home in Ithaca to go to Troy and fight in the Trojan war. When Odysseus left for the war he established his reputation as a hero. His participation in the war was crucial to the Greeks' victory. Upon completion of the Trojan war, a ravishing nymph named Calypso, infatuated by love for him, has imprisoned him on her island. He wants nothing more than to return to his wife and son, but he doesn't have the...
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