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The first in Joseph Campbells steps to completing the Heros Journey is leaving home This is when the protagonist leaves the safety of his homeparentslover to go into the world In TheOdyssey Odysseus is forced to leave his island kingdom of Ithaca his wife Penelope and his young son Telemachos to fight for King Menelaus ruler of Sparta King Menelauss wife Helen had been stolen by Paris of Troy Odysseus would have refused to fight if not for an oath he had sworn years before And thus Odysseus sets sail for Troy with the Spartan fleet The second step to the Heros Journey is deciding on a quest This is when the hero decides to go upon an adventure In The Odyssey Odysseuss quest begins when he leaves Troy and attempts to return to Ithaca 10 years after he left However his quest to return home would have been very short and not at all hero-worthy if not for Odysseus forgetting to sacrifice to the gods before leaving This angers the gods so Zeus sends a storm to destroy the returning fleet Odysseus and his men are thrown off course by the storm and then Odysseuss quest really beginsThe third step to completing the Heros Journey is encountering dragons This step is when the hero encounters the metaphorical dragon ie enemies temptations distractions ect Odysseuss first dragon is his encounter with the Cicones It represents thewarriors basic instinct greed After destroying Cicone Odysseus and his men loot the village and divide the wine women and money among themselves However instead of leaving the Cicones like Odysseus suggested the mens thirst for wealth compels them to stay in the town gathering all the treasure and spoils they can lay their hands on But while the Ithacans were looting and drinking the Cicones got away and shouted to other Ciconians neighbors of their island more men and better
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