A LETTER TO MY SON
12th March 2041
Happy 13th birthday, my dear son! Congratulations on becoming a teenager. Both your mother and I cannot believe how fast you have grown. I have chosen this book, The Odyssey, to guide you as you grow into a man. My English teacher, Mrs Jones, FORCED us to read it when I was your age ( and although it was VERY boring at first (especially the complicated timeline), we were soon engrossed in Odysseus’s swashbuckling adventures
This book will teach you many life lessons (although I am not sure whether the blind poet who wrote it 2000 years ago ever imagined in his wildest dreams that his work would be remembered so long) Odysseus is a true epic hero and had many positive characteristics that I hope for you. At the same time, he had many character flaws (like all of us!) which he needed to overcome in order to complete his journey.
Odysseus embodies bravery, courage, resilience, intelligence and wit. Throughout his journey, he encounters many hardships and obstacles which he manages to overcome with intelligence and wit. His plan to get the Cyclops drunk and then blinding it to get out of the cave was ingenious. He also relies on his wit to persuade the goddess Calypso to help him return home. Similarly, his plan to remain anonymous when he finally arrived at Ithaca allowed him to strike the suitors unaware. Each of his actions was carefully planned and thought through instead of just rushing blindly into action. I hope that you will also learn to think before you act especially when bullying your little brother Sean!
At the same time, Odysseus has many character flaws. I think this is partly why many people like to read the book because they can identify with their own weaknesses. No one is perfect. Some of these character flaws caused Odysseus’s journey home to be much longer than expected and infuriated his enemies along the way. His biggest flaw was pride. According to the