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I Introduction - In Homers The Odyssey the tale of a mans journey back home after long years at war is also the tale of a mans spiritual journey through his own soulII The beginning - Odysseus leaves Troy feeling almost immortal and this pride is what leads to his downfall and second riseIII The middle - Odysseus undergoes his symbolic death and rebirthIV The end - Odysseus has regained power over his household and has restored order to his life In Homers The Odyssey the tale of a mans journey home after long years at war is also the tale of a mans spiritual journey through his own soul Odysseus role as an epic hero is modified throughout the epic poem As Odysseus leaves Troy for home he is the typical bloodthirsty warrior During the course of his trek he undergoes a symbolic death and rebirth Upon his arrival in Ithaka the wiser man he has become is evident The Odyssey is Odysseus story of his journey not only from Troy to Ithaka but also from bloodthirsty warrior to epic heroOdysseus begins the tale of his trip from Troy to Phaiakia in Book IX The beginning of his tale displays the bloodthirsty warrior that left Troy of rough adventure weathered under ZeusThe wind that carried west from IlionBrought me to Ismaros on the far shoreA strongpoint on the coast of KikonesI stormed that place and killed the men who foughtThe first lines of Odysseus story display his warrior side This passage shows how he and his crew landed and immediately went to battle and plundered Although Odysseus recalls telling his men to stop afterwards and return to the ship he never really forcibly tried to make the men return The lack of effort on Odysseus part implies that he did not truly care if the men ransacked Ilion Due to this greed and bloodlust nearly a third of each ships crew was lost This
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