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Family A tough Bond to Break Many wise pholosophers say that only 7 stories exist in the world as we know it The struggle of good versus evil finding true love and the rise and fall of important people have been written about since the discovery of pen and paper One theme that stands out in Homers epic The Odyssey is the desperation to keep a family together Odysseus Telemacus and Penelope all suffer hardships trying to keep the tight bond their family has as close as possible Odysseus is determined he will return to his wife and newborn son after the war of Troy was won Many trials and tribulations are presented to Odysseus on his journey home Polyphemus the Cyclops tries to detain the hero from returning to his home of Ithaca Poseidons son failed and ended up being blinded Milch p 29 Odysseus was also tempted by Calypso The nymph-goddess offered to make him immortal if he would just stay with her on the island for ever Odysseus refused and started his epic journey to Ithaca once again Odysseus is told to visit Teiresias in Hades to find a way to make it back to Penelope and Telemacus He must venture to the land of the dead Rieu p 160 The only important thing in Odysseus life is returning to his family in Ithaca Having the same feelings his father possesses Telemacus only desires are to keep his mother from marrying one of the many suitors and acquiring knowledge of his father He must do this because he knows that if his father is dead he must return to Ithica to fight the suitors alone and eventually be killed His other choice is to stay away from Ithica all together and lose the respect of his people and do harm to his fathers name To do this Telemacus sets out on a journey of his own He
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