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No Peace For Odysseus Essay

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No piece of peace in the world of men The Odyssey, written by Homer, is an epic of the great adventures of Odysseus. It tells of the challenging travels form leaving his home to serve in the Trojan War, to his well-deserved return to Ithaca. Odysseus known as “the man of many wiles” endured many challenging tasks as he traveled in search of his once home. Leaving behind his wife Penelope and son Telemachus, he was forced to leave. Around the sixteenth year Odysseus was gone, many believed that their once great leader was left for dead on an unknown country or was never to return to the land of Ithaca once again. Soon the suitors of over a hundred filled the halls of Odysseus’s palace, trying to marry his beautiful wife Penelope. When…show more content…
One of the major things the gods stress is the relationship between guest and host. On the adventure in search of his long lost father, Odysseus, Telemachus was a guest in the house of King Menelaus. Menelaus gave Telemachus and the son of Nestor both a place to stay, food, and bath, and many gifts.“… shared to the full hospitality/ of others. Now unhitch their horses: lead /our quests into the house, to share our feast” (IV.45- 47). If this code or rule were kept than, man would be able to live in peace. Beggars as well, are also part of the gods’ laws. If a beggar were to come to a house, begging for food, money, or clothing, the owners would be obligated to help the beggar. Zeus, the ruler of all gods watches out for the beggars and knows if they are turned away. During the great Trojan War, the Greeks led a victory against Troy after ten years of continuous battle. However throughout the war they were given much help from the gods, and they gave nothing to them in return. The Greeks were punished at sea for not sacrificing to the gods. If man at the time were able to sacrifice to the gods for the great assists, and listened to the gods, than man would be able to live peacefully.
As the human race, man does not think of others, more than he may think of himself. Man in their mind, comes first before anyone else does. They are reluctant to realize that the entire world is filled with a race of selfish
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