Comparing Homer's Odyssey And Everyday Life

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The Odyssey is filled with emotion and adventure. Homer’s ability to show and give the reader a visual of each and every scene gives the story its unbelievable significance. To all the people who read his work there is something to be captured within every sentence, each one different in its own, unique way. Through tales of courage and defeat, friendship and love this book tells of all the values within the life of a single, solitary man, and his journey to attain what is true and dear to him. And this journey is known to all of us as The Odyssey. The Odyssey is a test of human devotion and trust through the gods, the mortals, and the obstacles through which they venture. No matter where they go or what they do, humans are tested for certain characteristics everyday of their lives, whether they realize it or not; and The Odyssey is just one of those many miraculous tests.

    The gods inflict a numerous amount of pain upon Odysseus for these tests of devotion and trust. Athene, the daughter of Zeus, happens to be a goddess who does this to Odysseus quite frequently. She aids Odysseus on his journey toward his destiny; therefore she must impose this pain upon him in order to make him strong in mind and in heart. As his aid "…Athene allowed the haughty suitors not altogether yet to cease from biting scorn. She wished more pain to pierce the heart of Laërtes’ son, Odysseus"(180) so that he may conquer all that he must in order to obtain his destiny and all that belongs to him. Without this pain and suffering that Odysseus goes through he may not have reached the pinnacle of his journey toward his destined life.

    The gods act as guides for Odysseus so that he may successfully pass these tests. As his aid, Athene becomes Odysseus’ guide through his journey to his destiny that was placed before him. However, Humans tend to underestimate the power of the gods. Odysseus trusts his noblest friends such as Eumaeus and his family but somehow forgets that he has fair Athene by his side through all of his adventurous toils. At this time Odysseus realizes this and tells his son that, "Here I now am by bidding of Athene, that we may plan together the slaughter of our foes"(157). This shows that Odysseus now trusts Athene to guide and assist him on his journey home.

    The gods must become very well acquainted with Odysseus in order for these tests to occur. Without this, Athene could never have given aid to Odysseus or given pain to help him on his way. Athene got to know Odysseus inside and out, as well as those who were dear to him so that she may help him reach his homeland and take back what was rightfully his. At one point Odysseus doubts himself and Athene’s power to assist him. Athene washes away Odysseus’ doubt by stating that "Men trust weaker friends, friends who are mortal and not wise as I. I am a god and I will protect you to the end, through all your toils"(196). These words shifted Odysseus’ thoughts and caused him to pursue...

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