However, up until this point Odysseus has suffered a great amount. Odysseus, returning from Troy after ten years of war a hero and “city sacker” admired for his godlike persona and his even more impressive cunning, had faced many ordeals prior to meeting him in book 5. In books nine through 12 Odysseus recounts these ordeals to the Phaiakian leaders Arete and Alkinoos after leaving Calypso’s island to return home. Odysseus encounters dangers on the island of the Cyclops after he and his men are held
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.
The Trojan War was the subject for The Iliad, however; Homer did not mention every single day of The Trojan War, instead he chose to mention fifty one days of the ninth year of the war. The Iliad starts with the rage of Achilles to Agamemnon which was the commander of the Achaean army and that is why Achilles got out of battle. On the other hand, the said epic ends up with the event that Hector killed the Patroclus, the best friend of the Achilles, because of Achilles’ reentering the war, killing the Hector and giving Hector’s body to to king father Priam. There is a rumor about the beginning of The Trojan War as the golden apple. While analyzing the reasons of the triggers of The Trojan War, the fact of “woman” cannot escape from the attention of reader.
Karen Gonzalez Period 3 04/22/13 Karen Gonzalez Period 3 04/22/13 Conquer the Sea, Go Through the Tunnel With more than a thousand year time difference and as well as a great difference in age Odysseus illustrated in Homer’s “The Odyssey” translated by W.H.D Rouse (1937) can be strangely compared to Jerry exposed in Doris Lessing’s “Through the Tunnel”(1990) despite their differences. The protagonist Odysseus lived in the time of the Trojan War in Ancient Greece while Jerry was located near the Mediterranean Sea coast where an overcrowded beach laid side by side a hidden wild bay. Both leading roles in one way or another, struggle to obtain success in what they call the end of their own journey. For Odysseus returning home to his family was his end, and for Jerry going through the tunnel located under the water of the rocky bay was his goal. Despite the vast differences in lifestyle, era, and age both Odysseus from Ancient Greece and Jerry from the Mediterranean sea coast are determine to accomplish their goal they so wildly crave regardless of the various obstacles they might encounter.
When Cyrus was murdered, the army had to find its way home in a retreat. The weakened army of 120 had to fight its way home in which the triumphant survivors did. The Warriors also show elements of more Greek mythological survival stories about “The Odyssey”. The hindrances The Warriors face have incredible similarities and symbolise deeply the story behind The Odyssey such as The Sirens, in which The Warriors have to face and survive. Survival is built around the gang of 9 trying to make their way home to Coney Island after a bounty had been placed on their head.
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.
A second call to adventure occurs when Hermes, the messenger of the gods, delivers Zeus's command that Calypso must set Odysseus free. Calypso has kept Odysseus for years, as her lover; all the while, he makes it clear that he wants to return to his home in Ithaca (Homer 146). Each call to adventure ensures the hero will go places no one has returned from before. This step also allows the hero's quest to continue and makes certain that the hero's character will continue to change. In the following episode, Odysseus continues the hero's quest by experiencing heroic deeds and dragon slayers.
What is it about the heroes of ancient Greece that continues to fascinate readers thousands of years after their origination? Perhaps it is the tales of glory and the impossible feats of the heroes or the certain death that awaits them. Whatever the reason, the life of the Greek hero is one of intrigue and intoxication. The life cycle of the Greek hero is divided into events spanning his extraordinary birth to his untimely death and accentuated by his accomplishments throughout his life. This essay will analyze the recurring events, patterns, and traits in the typical hero in conjuction with the lives of Achilles, Heracles, and Odysseus.
The recent popular movie, starring Brad Pitt as the main protagonist and the tragic hero of the film, Troy, is a screen adaptation of an epic poem The Iliad attributed to Homer. Although covering the last of the many days in the final year of the nine year siege between the Greeks and the Trojans, it tells of the battles and trials during the weeks of a quarrel between King Agamemnon and the warrior Achilles. It is interesting to note that during the last scenes of this movie, Aeneas, also the central character of the poem The Aeneid, is shown fleeing the burning city of Troy with his father and son, and fellow Trojan warriors through a tunnel. This very scene literally and metaphorically gives way to the Roman version of what would be retold by the Roman poet, Virgil in his account of Homer’s story, The Iliad, in the first century BC. In Virgil’s The Aeneid, after sailing for Italy, where Aeneas’s preordained destiny to found a city of Rome lay, a terrifying storm throws them off their course to a land named, Carthage, where Dido, the queen of the land welcomes them.
The only main encounter with a God was with Athena. The Gods in the Odyssey have tremendous power over the humans in the Odyssey, while the Gods in the Lysistrata shaping the course of their own destiny. In Homer’s Odyssey the main character (Odysseus), is trying to find his way home after fighting in the Trojan War. Odysseus encounters many obstacles; any faces many challenges from the Gods. At the same time this is going on Odysseus’ son (Telemachus) and wife (Penelope) encounter suitors who try to invade their home, and Telemachus tries to find his father.