Alison Bechdel’s graphic autobiography, Fun Home, tells the story of Alison’s childhood relationship with her father Bruce, through a broad series of allegorical and literary references. The final page of ¬Fun Home best illustrates the entire story by referring to the common theme Greek mythology, specifically the story of Daedalus and Icarus, in the image of Alison leaping towards her father. The reoccurrence of this story throughout the book also symbolizes the gender-confused, estranged relationship between Alison and her father as they struggle to identify their places in each other’s lives. Many parallels between Alison’s life and Greek mythology appear throughout the story. A simple example of this is the fact that her mother’s name is Helen, the name of the famously beautiful woman who began the Trojan War.
In the Odyssey, Odysseus is the leading Greek hero. He is King of Ithica, son of Laertes and Anticlea. Odysseus is also the husband of Penelope and father of Telemachus. Odysseus was sent to fight in the Trojan War in Troy by Menelaus. He spent many years fighting there and finally defeated them with the “wooden horse.” After the war, he set sail to return to his island, Ithica.
Alcinous was kind enough to offer a ship to Odysseus but asked Odysseus to tell of his adventures. To summarize, both stories are similar because they are both being told by the character the story revolves around. Odysseus, in the Odyssey, was returning home from the Trojan War. He was one of the Greek allies and the one who thought of the Trojan horse which cause the Greeks to triumph. On his way home he was stopped multiple times by groups of people, mythological creatures, gods and goddesses.
The saga begins with the intervention of Athena on behalf of Odysseus, who has been trapped on the island of the Titaness Calypso for the past seven years. Athena convinces Zeus to let Odysseus go home, only for Odysseus to end up on the shores of the Phaiacians. He is taken to the court of King Alcinous, where he relates the many adventures that have befallen him in the last ten years since he left Troy. The Phaiacians are amazed and extend their help in returning Odysseus to Ithaca, where his faithful wife Penelope waits, and where Odysseus faces his final challenge against the men that wish to take his lands and his wife. He returns home and uses his newfound self-understanding to regain his crown and become a better king, husband, father, and son.
The truce was broken by the Athenians only ten years after it was signed because the empire looked to expand. In 433 BC Athens allied with Corcyra, who was a colony of Corinth, who was an ally of Sparta. This event is the main event that started the war in 431. Athens was accused of assault and Sparta threatened with war. Under Pericles leadership, Athens refused to back down and this war started.
Elizabeth Kim Wilson COR 101-17 12 September 2013 The Odyssey’s Son of Pain Homer’s epic tale The Odyssey recounts the many trials that Odysseus must face as he journeys from the Trojan War back to his homeland of Ithaca. Odysseus encounters many troubles over the course of his journey, some of which are thrown his way by the Gods (which he angers on many different occasions), and some of which he causes himself. His name in ancient Greek roughly translates to mean “troublemaker.” Odysseus is known for his clever mind, made famous by the ruse that won them the war in The Illiad, the Trojan horse. As he drifts from place to place, Odysseus and his men must depend on the hospitality of their hosts. Therefore Odysseus is very charming to whomever
The epic journey The Odyssey by, homer is an epic story written a very long time ago. Some time later a movie based off the book The Odyssey this movie has the same feel and only uses homers ideas dose not copy them completely. This movies title is O brother where are thou? The epic The Odyssey is about a man named Odysseus. He had just fought a war in troy and is on his way home to Ithaca, but on the way he runs into the wrong things and soon becomes years before he is able to get home.
However the best of them all are the books focus on a protagonist’s journey to become a better person. The Odyssey is the story of a man’s journey home after a long battle in a foreign land, but the wrath of Poseidon causes this journey numerous detours; which adds another several years to Odysseus’ journey. The book uses en medias res to show the repercussions of his absence from his home for more that ten years. Amplifying the imagery of a figuratively and literally broken home; where men poison the marriage of Odysseus and Penelope. However Odysseus is not dead; he is very much alive and stuck in Ogygia.
Comparison Essay Thousands of years ago Homers great epic poem The Odyssey was written. A Poem about the adventures and misfortunes of Odysseus throughout his voyages around the ancient Mediterranean Sea. In recent years, many stories and movies have been based on the same principal as The Odyssey, but one movie in particular did a great job in comparing the two stories, O Brother, Where Art Thou? O Brother, Where Art Thou? is about a man who has to break out of jail to stop his wife from marrying a suitor, and includes his audacious voyage home.
Odysseus or Ulysses: The False Differences between the Greek Hero and Roman Patriarch Carol Burns Professor Shelton English 121 May 14, 2012 One of the most interesting notions raised by Tennyson’s poem Ulysses is that Odysseus, having strived to return home for seven years from the Trojan War, upon successfully achieving this end becomes restless and wishes to return to a life of seafaring. In contrast to Homer’s Odysseus, Tennyson’s Latinate Ulysses is not the renaissance figure who returns to rule Ithaca after twenty-year absence. Instead, Tennyson’s Ulysses seems a tired more cynical version of Homer’s Odysseus, who realizes that, the ultimate expression of pietas and so fulfills man’s last duty in life. It is my contention that the voyage Tennyson’s Ulysses clamors for what is Shakespeare’s Hamlet terms “the undiscovered country”—death. There seems little doubt in Ulysses mind that this voyage would be his last.