Negative Consequences Of Odysseus's Journey

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Homer’s The Odyssey is an epic tale that delves us into the world of Odysseus, a hero of the Trojan war who must make his way home from battle. Throughout his journey, he encounters countless gods, creatures and catastrophes that hinder his progress. Many of these events depicted in the story have gone on to become modern day metaphors for human conflicts, as readers begin to draw parallels between their lives and the struggles Odysseus encounters while on his journey. As a reader of the Odyssey, I began to realize that I could often relate to Odysseus’ problems, despite not being a Greek war hero countless miles away from their homeland. Perhaps the best example of this is when Odysseus is confronted with a decision in which he cannot win; whatever the choice he makes, it will have negative consequences. Recently, I have experienced a situation similar to this in nature, in which no matter what I decided, I would face negative consequences.
The event that I am referring to in the Odyssey is when Odysseus must choose between an immortal monster by the name of Scylla that will kill six of Odysseus’ men and the whirlpool Charybdis that is almost certain to destroy the entire ship. Before he actually encounters these two mythical beings, he is warned of them by the goddess Circe who suggests, “No, hug Scylla’s crag—sail on past her—top speed! / Better by far to lose six men and keep your ship / than lose your entire crew” (12.119-121). In other words, she suggests that he is

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