Analysis Of ' The Odyssey '

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The Odyssey is a remarkable piece of the ancient writing that provides a great insight into numerous matters in regard to the past as well as to the present. This poem is greatly appreciated for being a rich source of knowledge about the ancient Greek mundane life: the customs, the hierarchy, the polytheistic religious traditions and rituals. Nevertheless, it would be a great mistake to underestimate the Odyssey in respect to the study of the worldview of the ancient people: the Western literary and art traditions of nowadays borrowed and adjusted indeed a lot from the ancient Greek thought and beliefs about life. Considering those two main aspects of the study of the Odyssey, it would be fruitful to explore and to compare the two major journeys depicted in the epic poem – the one of the principal hero Odysseus and the one of his son, Telemachus. These journeys are of great importance both in regard to the composition of the poem as well as in regard to the metaphorical meaning represented by them. The synopsis of Odysseus’ journey is not complicated: the reader meets the hero on his departure from the land of Calypso, where he has spent seven years. The god of the sea Poseidon wrecks Odysseus’ boat, however with the help of a nymph he manages to reach the land of Phaeacians, where he is pompously accepted in the palace of the king and the queen. The reader gets the detailed account of Odysseus’ journey from the tale which is retold by the…

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