Persuasive Essay

258 WordsMar 24, 20092 Pages
The odyssey is an epic poem because it contains many key things that make epic poems epic poems. In the odyssey the hero odysseus leaves his home of Ithaca to fight in the Trojan war and 10 years later after the fall of troy odysseus sets out to sea homebound but forgets to make a sacrifice to the gods which angers them and throws him off path to Ithaca and now must face many challenges for his quest for home. Since odysseus is a hero in the odyssey and is on a specific quest and faces many hardships along the way it is hard to not consider the odyssey and epic. Odysseus faces adversaries that try to defeat him in his journey, and returns home. He illustrates traits, performs deeds, and exemplifies certain morals that are valued by the society from which the epic originates such as listening to the will of the gods and asking the gods for favors by him doing so odysseus makes it to his reward of the quest : to return home. The definition of an epic is: a lengthy narrative poem, ordinarily concerning a serious subject containing details of heroic deeds and events significant to a culture or nation. After reading this myself I find it hard to not consider it an epic. I believe the odyssey is an epic poem because it contains many key things that make epic poems epic poems such as the hero(odysseus),the quest(return to Ithaca), the hardships(the Cyclops, Helios’ heard, sirens, Scylla,

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