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The Odyssey Essay

522 words - 3 pages

The Odyssey

Some people believe in faith. When the strings of faith are tested, one can either stay strong or give in. Those who give in because it was the easier choice, are punished later on in life. Those who chose the more difficult path are rewarded in the end of his long and treturous journey. This same idea can be found in Robert Fitzgerald's translation of Homer's The Odyssey. This piece can be interpteted in two different ways. One from the time period of when it was written, and one in our current time period. Although Odysseus was offered to live with the beautiful and immortal goddess Calypso, he chooses to take the more challenging path. The more challenging path reveals itself as the rewarding ...view middle of the document...

Calypso offers for him to stay with her on her paradise island, and become immortal. Odysseus declines her invitation, but in a civilized matter. “My lady goddess, here is no cause for anger./ My quiet Penelope- how well I know-/ would seem a shade before your majesty,/ death and old age being unknown to you,/ while she must die./ Yet, it is true, each day,/ I long for home, for the sight of home” ( Book 5, lines 81-86). By using such flattering language, Odysseus was able to let Calypso know about his departure in a calm and sensitive manner. Calypso falls for his swooning and clever language and lets Odysseus leave. His desperate actions to return to his wife represent the idea that love can withstand many obstacles.
On his journey back, Odysseus comes home to suitors, competing for Penelope. Suitors from all over, came over to try and win marriage with Penelope. In order to earn her love back, Odysseus must prove himself to be the actual husband. “...You took my house to plunder,/ twisted my maids to serve your beds, you dared/ bid for my wife while I was still alive (Book 22, Lines 35-37).When Odysseus returns home, he becomes appauled at how much disrespect these suitors were giving him and his wife. With his own bow, that others were using to prove themselves, Odysseus slaughters all the suitors. When he finished, there was no one left. Odysseus truly proved himself of the great love he had for his wife Penelope. She made him answer a riddle, that only the true Odysseus would know. When he got the riddle correct, Penelope immidiatly accepted her husband back. Odysseus' choice to put more effort into a better result, he comes out victorious with the genuine outcome he hoped for in the beginning.

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