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Love A heros Conquest There are many essential emotions that form the building blocks of our lives These emotions help to shape the people that we are These feelings are emotional necessities to ultimately keep us happy No piece of literature makes these feelings more evident than the Odyssey by Homer Throughout the course of this book there is one major emotional theme love Often times in life we search for a companion someone to share our love and life with Odysseus and Penelopes lasting relationship is an obvious representation of love in the Odyssey Although Odysseus is gone for twenty years he never forgets his faithful wife in Ithaca This love helps him persevere through the many hardships that he encounters on his journey home Penelope also exemplifies this same kind of love for Odysseus At home in Ithaca she stays loyal to Odysseus by unraveling his shroud and delaying her marriage to the suitors that are courting her She always keeps the hope that her love Odysseus will return Odysseus and Penelopes marriage clearly illustrates the theme of love The Odyssey also illustrates other relationships where love is of great importance - one of the most emphasized is the father-son relationship between Odysseus and Telemachos This relationship is a little awkward because neither of them really got to know each other but they still care for each others well being When Odysseus hears of all the suitors devouring Telemachoss future fortune and mistreating him he wants to return and revenge the misuse of his family and property Odysseus like any parent also misses his only child while he is at war Telemachos on the contrary also displays a lot of love for his father Telemachos leaves Ithaca to find any knowledge of his father in hope that he is still alive Telemachos through out most of his life has lacked a father figure and desperately needs that
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