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"Forever Linked To The Ancients" Describes How Homer's "The Odyssey" Is Still Very Much Relevant Today. Explains How Human Nature Links Us To The Ancient Greeks Of Homer's Time

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Throughout the ages very few things in history have remained constant. Since the time of the ancient Greeks, entire cultures have flourished and died off, many great empires have risen to magnificent power and crumbled to dust, and great wonders have been built, only to be eroded by time and forgotten. Humans have succeeded in retaining only one thing throughout their existence and that is their own human nature. We possess universal human characteristics that transcend time and place. Human nature has yet to change and it is more than likely that it never will. By observing the heroic epic The Odyssey, one could find that the ancient Greeks possessed many of the same traits as modern people do today such as love, greed, and deceit.One of the major elements of human nature that dominates The Odyssey is love. Love is what drives Odysseus to endure ten years of grueling hardship during his journey back to Ithaka. He overcomes many great obstacles in order to get back to his beloved wife Penelope who he has not seen for over a decade. A great example of this is when Odysseus is sitting on the beach of Kalypso the goddess and sea nymph's island and weeping for his wife Penelope and his home in Ithaka. "...found him (Odysseus) sitting on the seashore, and his eyes were never wiped dry of tears, and the sweet lifetime was draining out of him, as he wept for a way home, since the nymph was no longer pleasing to him." Despite the fact that Odysseus is chosen by the goddess Kalypso to be her lover and live in paradise, he can not be happy with this because he longs for his home and his wife Penelope. He would rather face the long, hard journey back home than to continue living a life of pleasure with a goddess. Back in Ithaka, Penelope also endures much suffering and does everything in her ability to avoid marrying one of the many suitors who invades her home in hope that one day her beloved Odysseus will return to her and get rid of the suitors. Although she is pursued by many of the wealthiest and most desirable men in Ithaka, she resists their will to marry her out of love for Odysseus. After many years she still waits eagerly for her husband, making her love for him obvious. The powerful human emotion of love that is so easily seen in the relationship between Odysseus and Penelope is still prevalent in our culture today. Although the setting is ancient Greece, Odysseus and Penelope's relationship could easily be compared to that of a modern love story.Another major example of human nature that links us to the ancients is greed. Human history has been shaped throughout the ages by this evil flaw that we possess. The Odyssey proves to us that even the ancient Greeks shared this flaw with us and that the nature of modern man is by no means unique in history. This can mainly be seen in the suitors' actions throughout the story. The suitors take advantage of the fact that Odysseus is away by spending their days in his home trying to win the marriage of...

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