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The Epic poem The Odyssey written in 720 BC by Homer involves the story of a war hero Odysseus who is sentenced to twenty years of tribulation after the bloody war of Troy before returning home to his wife Penelope and son Telemachus The reason he faced the tribulation was for offending one of the gods Poseidon the god of the sea As Odysseus was on his twenty year journey he learnt a lot about Himself Also his wife and son had the involuntary opportunity to do much self exploration With no one to protect the rules of the house of Odysseus there were many people abusing the Greek customs of treating guests to the house as kings Some of the guests took the liberty of staying for many years sucking all the riches that Odysseus had earned in his life This forced Odysseus family to learn much about themselves and how they react in hostile situations As well as Odysseus had the chance to see how foolish he really was during his twenty years of tribulation The Odyssey is a story of self discovery Penelope had the opportunity to discover much about her self throughout the story During the time that Odysseus was away at war she had much time to face many hardships that she probably would have not encountered had her husband not left Penelope discovered that she would have to be very patient and brave if she was to survive the many years that Odysseus was missing Especially because the only remaining man of the house her young son Telemachus was about to leave to attempt to find his father who had been missing his whole life For the first while that her beloved son was away she hadnt even noticed that he was missing but after a while she became aware and after a bit of crying and being depressed she realized that she would just have to be
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