The Importance Of The Journey In The Odyssey

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The Epic Poem, “The Odyssey”, written by Homer, shows when the journey is more important than the destination in several different places. One example that shows this in the text is in the section, “Sailing From Troy”. In this section, Homer relates through his words of how Odysseus and his men are blown by the winds to Ismarus, on the coast of Cicones. He writes that Odysseus and his men “stormed that place and killed the men who fought(Homer 44). They proceed to plunder the place and divide the loot between themselves. Odysseus wisely commanded his men,”Back, and quickly! Out to sea again(Homer 46-47)! Alas, Odysseus 's men did not heed his command, and feasted on sheep and cattle. Unfortunately for Odysseus and his crew, the main force …show more content…
In this section Odysseus and his men came to the coast of a people called The Lotus-Eaters. Odysseus and his crew were going to take on water at this place, Three of their crew went to see the natives, and met the Lotus-Eaters. The Lotus-Eaters gave them the Lotus flower. Homer writes of how the three men who ate the Lotus “never cared to report, nor to return: they longed to stay forever, browsing on that native bloom(Homer 98-100). The men did not want to continue on their journey, so much so that Odysseus actually “tied them under their rowing benches(Homer 103). The reason that Odysseus tied them under the benches was the men did not want to come with them, so Odysseus had to force them to do so. While the experience that Odysseus and his crew had in the land of the Lotus-Eaters was not the biggest encounter they had, it taught them an important lesson. This lesson is: it is important to keep your eyes fixed on your goal, and being distracted from that goal may cause you never to achieve …show more content…
In Homer’s epic poem, “The Odyssey”, When Odysseus is on the Island where this sun god Helios’s cattle graze, the writing shows a time when the journey can be more important than the destination. This is shown through the sad happening that befalls Odysseus’s crew. In the text, Odysseus and his men land their ship in a grotto in an island. Odysseus and his crew are trapped on the island by the weather. Odysseus warns his men never to eat the cattle or flock of the sun god, lest they pay dearly for their actions. In time, the barley from the ship is depleted. In this area of the text Homer writes about the men that “Hunger drove them to score the wild shore with angling hooks, for fish and sea fowl, whatever fell into their hands; and lean days wore their bellies thin(Homer 850-853). This text shows that the men are getting more desperate for food. This will eventually lead to their downfall. In one of the days when Odysseus is away from the camp, a crew member named Eurylochus is talking to his comrades of how famine, which they are experiencing, is one of the worst ways a man can die, he asks them “Will you fight it? Come, we’ll cut out the noblest of these cattle for sacrifice to the gods who own the sky(Homer 867-869). Even though Odysseus had told the men that the cattle were not to be eaten,

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