Essay about Life in Homer's Odyssey

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The Odyssey: Life

Odyssey a long series of wanderings filled with notable experience and hardships, or in other words the journey of life. Homer's The Odyssey is an epic poem telling of one man's journey. Odysseus, the chosen traveler of this Odyssey, represents the will and perseverance of all humanity. Odysseus' journey symbolizes the true toils of mankind's development through, agility, doubt, and faith.

In life, agility is needed time and time again, to get out of sticky situations. Odysseus' agility is well proven when he uses his guile to outsmart the Cyclops. While trapped in the cave of Polyphemus, the Cyclops, Odysseus has to come up with a quick escape plan to save himself and his remaining
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While the suitors sat and mocked him, he accomplished the task. Homer uses the epic simile, "Meantime wise Odysseus, when he had handled the great bow and scanned it closely, -even as one well-skilled to play the lyre and sing stretches with ease round its new peg a string, securing at each end the twisted sheep-gut; so without effort did Odysseus string the mighty bow...Great consternation came upon the suitors. All faces then changed color" (210), to describe the moment of honor. This is telling of Odysseus' agility because he saw the perfect timing to overcome the challenge in order to get a roused response from the suitors. This ability to think quickly and see the needs of the moment helps Odysseus seem more powerful than he may actually be.

Throughout the road of life doubt is always present, creating obstacles that must be overcome. By having waivers of doubt, Odysseus gains self-confidence. Even though Odysseus knows that he has a pre-set destiny he still questions the orders of the gods. After receiving guidance from Circe, Odysseus challenges his destiny, asking, "But, Circe, who will be the pilot on this journey," and Circe responded, "Let not the lack of pilot for your ship disturb you, but set the mast, spread the white sail aloft and sit down..." (100). In this situation, Odysseus' doubt has helped him obtain knowledge and self-confidence. By doubting he has learned that the gods are always in control, thus
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