The Desire To Live In An Utopian World

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Involuntarily, humans want, or in some cases need, to live in an utopian world. Calypso, a nymph and a goddess in Greek mythological times, was lucky enough to live in one of these perfect societies, even though it was short-lived. An author states in her online article, “She is a Goddess with several functions, a complex character, and as an individual she represents the dual nature of the feminine as both light and dark in a subtle, integrated/harmonious/in accordance way” (LeVan, par. 2). Her life was made complete by means of Odysseus, a mortal who washed onto the island and later became her prisoner. Calypso’s utopian world of godliness, control, order, and power was shattered due to Athena and Zeus commanding Odysseus be freed. When…show more content…
Even if Odysseus did not leave her, he would eventually die and Calypso would have been left in her isolated environment, as she had been in before she met Odysseus. An article concerning Calypso states the following: Some scholars have proposed that Calypso symbolizes one of several variant forms of marriage offered to Odysseus as alternatives to his ideal of life with Penelope on Ithaca. Calypso represents a form of utopian isolation. Other women encountered by the hero on his travels offer different forms of romantic bliss. (Bulloch 264-265) Ironically, it was a mere mortal who caused a goddess to lose her sense of control, power, and order. There were many mistakes she made that caused Athena and Zeus to upset her utopia. Gods and goddesses were not meant to fall in love, let alone have children. To offer immortality to a mortal is against everything Odysseus was ever taught. Humans are born to die and the gods were not supposed to alter this. Odysseus had come to realize loving a goddess was wrong for many reasons and he had never really stopped loving his first wife and children. Calypso took this as an insult and lost control and imprisoned an innocent man. Athena and Zeus had to punish her by allowing Odysseus to be set free, because it was the right thing to do. Ultimately, Calypso’s temporary loss of power, control, and order taught her a valuable lesson: That a mortal’s sense of purpose and loving is centered around the

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