Analysis Of ' The Odyssey ' Essays

1017 Words Nov 18th, 2015 5 Pages
As September’s theme is courage, individuals oftentimes use monthly themes to connect them with their personal life. But as the English class spends their time dwelling and analyzing the fictional book, The Odyssey, written by one of the most esteemed epic poets of all times, Homer, their time is being used not only to make a personal connection, but an analytical correspondence between Homer’s characters and the theme of courage. Although, most do not even know how to define courage, for the actions just come to heart. Courage can be defined as the first step to bravery; to stand up-literally and figuratively-when no other person dares to. The Odyssey, being filled with acts of bravery, is about a man named Odysseus. After the Trojan War, Odysseus faces many obstacles from sea monsters to land-dwelling monsters, only trying to achieve his goal in reaching home to his family and taking his prior position as king on Ithaca. Odysseus as well as his own blood, Telemachus, was found to portray courage in several parts of the book, which will be supported by examples found in Book I, A Goddess Intervenes, Telemachus, the son of Odysseus, speaks up and calls an assembly between him and the suitors that pillage his home; in Book IX, New Coast’s and Poseidon’s Son, when Odysseus stabs the eye of a Cyclops named Polyphemos in order to escape his cave; and in Book X, The Grace of the Witch, when the sorceress Circe turned Odysseus’ men into swine and Odysseus goes to save them…

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