Motivation And Self-Discovery In Homer's The Odyssey

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Here lies the Scylla- the screaming horror, piercing the ears, she’s a monstrous beast. I promise you this. 12 legs around her slithering body, with 6 long hideous necks, a terrifying head on each one (Homer 274). The everyday voyage seems similar to this tale, a monstrous beast, a perilous endeavor, and of course the courageous wanderer. What does he gain in risking life and limb? Inner-motivation is the force which harbors this audacity. In Homer’s The Odyssey, the author depicts ancient navigation in multiple ways, as an internal motivation and also as an external incentive. The idea of the internal voyage is asserted through the two predominant journeys of self-discovery, one by Odysseus himself, and the other by his son Telemachus. Both of these expeditions result in character development and an over-all renewal of the individual as well as the kingdom of Ithaca. On the other hand, the external aspect of navigation, is illustrated using the most well-known medium of that time, mythology, and the ancient Grecian’s means of navigation. For example, in reference to Telemachus’ voyage, The Odyssey reads, I’ll say no more. The gods know how things stand and so do…show more content…
For all such expressions seem to indicate the stirring and onset of passion. Now brave men act for honour’s sake, but passion aids them; The courage that is due to passion seems to be the most natural, and to be courage if choice and motive be added.” In Homer’s work The Odyssey, the use and depiction of navigation is portrayed not only as a physical tool, but also a prompting to discover
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