The Epic Poem, The Odyssey, By Homer Essay

1244 Words Nov 12th, 2015 5 Pages
The epic poem, The Odyssey, is written by Homer in 800 B.C.E., and is full of adventure, including ships lost at sea, terrible monsters and gods who take out their revenge on mortals, and even a hero named Odysseus who after twenty long years eventually makes it back home to Ithaca. But really, Odysseus’ homecoming is what The Odyssey is all about. Time and time again, Odysseus desires to return to Ithaca, the land of his heritage, and he longs to return to his wife, Penelope, and his son, Telemachus. Everything that happens in The Odyssey revolves around this desire, including his mistakes. His cunning, strength, and even divine intervention eventually bring Odysseus home again. In fact, Odysseus’ character and relationships within his roles as husband, father, and military leader easily identify with a biblical perspective.
Odysseus was a combination of the self-made, self-assured man of his culture. The gods favored and respected him and the mortals admired him. An intellectual, Odysseus used logic to make his choice after evaluating a situation and ultimately regaining his kingdom. For example, it had been 10 years since the close of the Trojan War and Odysseus wanted to go home to Ithaca where he was king and his wife, Penelope, was delaying several suitors because she still had hope that her husband was still alive. When Odysseus finally made it back home disguised as a beggar, he checked things out and plotted to kill all the suitors, with the help of his son,…

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