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A Lesson The Odyssey a Greek tale of fate written by Homer tells the story of a warrior that is determined to return home and is willing to go to any extreme to achieve his goal The story takes place over a period of approximately ten years and begins after much of the action has already occurred The device of starting a work in the middle and returning to the start is called Ain medias res from the Latin in the middle of things Odysseus is faced with many challenges but no matter what he is faced with he finds a way to overcome his problems Homer was telling a tale for people who read his work but at the same time he was teaching a lesson to those who studied his work Man should not succeed by deceit and Homer was displaying the fact that such a way of life should not be chosen by those who study his story The Odyssey is a great adventure story and is very entertaining but it demonstrates the life of a man that lives based on immoral and immature decision making Book One of The Odyssey may very well be the only book wherein the warrior and main character Odysseus displays sound moral decision making abilities He is stranded on an island with the nymph Calypso who is intending to persuade Odysseus into becoming her husband The main theme of the work is for Odysseus to return home safely to his wife son and kingdom which all await him eagerly Odysseus manages to remain faithful to his wife while being trapped and held as a prisoner on this island despite the passing of many years Later on in the epic however he strays from his faithfulness to Penelope his wife to a goddess with whom he makes the acquaintance Book Five through Book Eight tell of Odysseus first chance to venture home Odysseus lost his
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