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Reflections on The Odyssey The Odyssey is a human work therefore it is flawed in many ways Critics often write essays and other articles picking out the flaws however we do not have to agree with these findings no matter what our education The essay The Odyssey by Mark Van Doren states certain points that I do not agree with as well as some of which I do agree Van Doren was a prominent American critic and published many works throughout the 1940s In his essay he discusses the main themes of The Odyssey and offers his opinions on the subjects For example Van Doren discusses the meaning of crying in The Odyssey and criticizes the ease at which the tears flow He also comments on The Odyssey being a maze of recognition and disguise as well as the overuse of foreshadowing Mark Van Dorens essay The Odyssey is an open criticism on the main themes and points of The Odyssey Van Doren begins very simply by stating The Odyssey is anything but tragedy He discusses that no matter what Odysseus goes through we remember his many escape routes and devices which he uses to always escape any challenging situation Further statements on this subject include that there is too much tragedy that fails to evoke any emotion from the reader The miseries of its people are many but they have not the dimension of terror Also Van Doren states that too many characters find joy in the sadness of others King Alcinoos of Phaeacia supposes that the gods wrought so much havoc at Troy and spun such a skein of ruin that there might be a song for those yet to be born He could sit up all night he insists listening to the woes of Odysseus they are so sweet to hear Another point Van Doren makes is the endless supply of tears in The Odyssey however they are often meaningless and once
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