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The Odyssey Essay Examples

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A Tale of Odysseus' Long and Trying Journey Home in The Odyssey by Homer
The Odyssey The main character of Homer's Odyssey, Odysseus, is a cunning man. The Odyssey is a tale of Odysseus' long and trying journey home after fighting in the Trojan War. On his way home, he upsets Poseidon, god of the sea, by blinding Poseidon's son. In retaliation, Poseidon strives to make Odysseus' sail home to hi...
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Different Portrayals of Women in the Odyssey by Homer
In Homer's Odyssey, the women are portrayed in many different ways, some are said to be wise while others are cruel, but many are treated differently from the opposite gender. One of the women in the story, Penelope, was portrayed as very wise but because of her gender she was expected to obey many of the men. Similarly to...
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The Women of Homer's Odyssey
The Women of the Odyssey Many people regard Homer's epics as war stories--stories about men; those people often overlook the important roles that women play in the Odyssey. While there are not many female characters in the Odyssey, the few that there are, play pivotal roles in the story and one can gain a lot of insight by...
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Compare and Contrast the Calypso and Circe Episodes in the Odyssey by Homer
1. Compare and contrast the Calypso and Circe episodes: consider the two goddesses and their desires and Odysseus's response to them. ODYSSEUS: A MERE MORTAL, BUT PURELY MORAL In Homer's Odyssey, he uses the stories of Calypso and Circe to give a reader a glimpse at Greek values. Odysseus is a perfectly moral man by Greek...
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A Comparison of the Odyssey and the Aeneid and Their Heroes
The Odyssey and the Aeneid were composed in ancient Greek times, around 30 and 700 b.c. The most prominent, and most obvious, similarity of both the Odyssey and the Aeneid is that they are both epics. An epic is a long narrative poem in an elevated style that deals with the trials and achievements of a great hero or heroes....
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Trustworthyness in Homer's Odyssey and Medea by Euripides
Truth is an extremely important quality in all human beings. Being truthful vital whether you are a noble, or whether you are a beggar on a street corner. It is essential to be honest because honesty and truthfulness show a lot about ones character, and show a person's true colors. Odysseus and Jason, two main characters in...
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An Analysis of the Heroic Journey of Odysseus in Homer's the Odyssey
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...
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Telemakhos Becoming a Hero in the Epic The Odyssey
Telemakhos Becoming a Hero In an epic called The Odyssey, there is a character named Telemakhos who is learning to be a hero. Through each event that he faces, he is transformed more and more into a hero, but still encounters one problem: he is afraid. Afraid or what? one may ask. The answer to this is that Telemakhos is...
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The Three Types of Women in The Odyssey: the Goddess, the Seductress and the Good Wife
Role of Women in the Odyssey By looking at Homer's Odyssey, we can begin to get an idea as to how the ancient Greeks regarded their women. Men treated them almost as though they were possessions and not people, and many times women had to resort to deception to accomplish their own goals and desires. By interpreting Home...
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The Symbolism in the Odyssey by Homer
Jason Paul Literature I Mr. Larkin April 20, 2000 "Symbolism of The Odyssey" Throughout Homers The Odyssey, many tangible symbols are used to represent abstract ideas. Each symbol that Homer uses has two meanings. The double meanings of these symbols are used to represent Odysseus and Telemachus as they stri...
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