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The Odyssey is an epic that has maintained a prominent position in literature for thousands of years Odysseus the heroic main character encounters many struggles throughout the story prior to obtaining victory In this essay we will explore Odysseus heroic journey of battle personal struggle assistance from the gods and allies and eventually victory not only this but how his venture demonstrates moral concepts useful for not only the past but also the present and future We will also discuss why the Odyssey has continued to maintain significance in literature throughout the decades The heroic journey of Odysseus in Homers The Odyssey begins in Ithaca the ordinary world of King Odysseus It is here that Odysseus receives his call to fight alongside the Achaeans in war against Troy At first Odysseus refuses this duty because he is content with his peaceful life ruling over Ithaca with his family by his side At the prompting of the goddess Athena the daughter of Zeus Odysseus decides to join the war with the Achaeans Athena is a consistent mentor to Odysseus throughout the epic and as a result Odysseus is faithfully devoted to her The first threshold for Odysseus was the Trojan War where he becomes renowned for his bravery and keen mind After the war Odysseus begins his journey home this is where his various struggles begin There are many tests as well as temptations through which Odysseus maneuvers through Many of these tests and struggles are a result of his pride Overcoming obstacles is the basis of Odysseuss journey We ourselves can learn from Odysseus in how he overcame the challenges he faced to assist us in overcoming challenges in our own lives For instance the depiction of Odysseus need for allies and friends is an example of how we need help from our friends or family during our own personal struggles Odysseus received extensive assistance from the goddess Athena in addition to gods such as
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