The Hero Of Homer 's Odyssey Essay

1526 Words Oct 25th, 2016 7 Pages
“Why does any man do anything in the whole damn world? ‘Cause there 's a girl.” These words pretty well sum up men’s actions since the creation of woman. Odysseus, the hero from Homer’s Odyssey is no exception to this. While the Odyssey is no doubt a great adventure story, full of great battles and severing of limbs, it is also at its core, a love story. It is the tale of Odysseus facing innumerable trials to return to his ever faithful Penelope. For him, returning to his wife his final cause, his great desire that motivates his actions that keep him itching closer to home. It is only in his return to his beloved, Penelope, and reengagement in domestic life that Odysseys finds happiness. After twenty years of laborious travels, when Odysseus is finally reunited with his wife, the scene contains the most beautiful poetry in the epic. “Now from his breast into his eyes the ache of longing mounted, and he wept at last, his dear wife, clear and faithful, in his arms, longed for as the sunwarmed earth is longed for by a swimmer spent in rough water where his ship went down,” (XXIII: 259-264). It is only once he has been reunited with his wife that he finds his peace. After an almost impossibly long time, when Odysseus and Penelope are free to make love and spend the night in each other’s company that they find peace from the storm of life that has been throwing them around for so long. It is also in this scene that the poet uses a word that he uses almost nowhere else in poem.…

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