Analysis Of ' The Odyssey '

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Vivian Tse
Brother Pearce
FDCA 206
5 November 2014
The Odyssey
The Odyssey is one of the earliest epics that exists but is still a highly revered and relevant piece of literature in modern culture. This classic survives because the entire tale of Odysseus’ adventure is symbolic of our human lives and experiences—it is life mythologized. Not only does The Odyssey highlight the heroic and triumphant side of the characters, but it also emphasizes the struggle between heroes’ ethos and their human failings. In essence then, the epic resembles closely our human existence and is therefore easily applicable to us despite the test of time.
The book is considered superior art because first, it employs superior craftsmanship. It uses elevated language and is composed of poems in dactylic hexameter, which gives the epic a sophisticated and artistic style. Along with that, it employs various literary devices. An example of epic simile appears when Odysseus and his men blind the Cyclops: “as a blacksmith plunges a glowing ax or adze/ in an ice-cold bath and the metal screeches steam/ and its temper hardens— that 's the iron 's strength—/ so the eye of the Cyclops sizzled round that stake!” (Homer, p.223). Second, The Odyssey explores complex truths about human experience. Through the twists and turns of Odysseus’ way back home, it raises awareness to both our human failings and superb qualities, which are proved to yield very different results. As a result, it touches ground on human…

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