The Impacts Of The Odyssey In Homer's The Odyssey

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Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey follows Odysseus on his long journey home. The Epic also includes the stories of Odysseus’ family left behind: the travels of his son, Telemachus, and how plenty, of what we would now call “home wreckers”, suitors pressured his wife, Penelope, into marrying one of them. The characters are beautifully crafted and the story is truly epic. All the elements presented can bring in any reader from any century, the Cyclops, the Gods, the trickery of Penelope, and the disguises of Odysseus, are all legendary literary hooks . There are many things to learn—about writing, about the world around us, the world ahead of us, and the past behind us—from The Odyssey. (26) It is undeniably evident that this ancient text has…show more content…
Then Nobody comes along and, as it turns out, Nobody is faster. This example may not be as torn from the pages of The Odyssey as Percy Jackson but it shows how the smallest details of The Odyssey can affect anything from a 1973 Spaghetti Western to a modern youth series. The Odyssey was relevant then and it is relevant now. The Relevance of The Odyssey is evident an interview with Wole Sawyerr give Lynne Brighouse the inside scoop of what it it’s like to be Odysseus as portrayed a stage adaptation of the Odyssey. Wole Sawyer speaks about how playing Odysseus has opened his eyes to what he now knows of the severities of our modern world.

“Many ways Homer's portrayal was insightful and way ahead of his time in terms of how he explores the themes of war and heroism. At the beginning of the play, Odysseus appears to fit the traditional image of a war hero -- brave and strong. We also see him full of his own importance -- announcing himself as 'Odysseus, the slayer of cities. But, as the play progresses and he begins his long journey home, Odysseus is confronted with the lasting impact of the war both on himself and those at home. There many layers to his character and how the war and the themes of the play affect him. We gradually see Odysseus become completely broken by his experiences”(Sawyerr).
I couldn’t have said it better myself, but I’ll try. The Odyssey is more than just an amazing, action packed poem, it is a lesson in how to
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