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Analysis Of Odysseus In The Odyssey By Homer

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"Your intelligence may get you far in your life." In the poem The Odyssey, written by Homer, Odysseus was the main character. He was a young man in search for his home at Ithaca. By the end of his long journey, he had spent approximately twenty years in search for his family and friends. During the lengthy trip, Odysseus shows how determined and extremely intelligent he can be by fighting through unbelievable things throughout the story.
While at the land of the dead, Odysseus proved that he is determined by simply just going there. The Land of the Dead is a place where all of the souls go. The ghosts look exactly like they did whenever they died down there. Odysseus stood in the middle of the dead and made offerings to Tiresias, the prophet. He is suppose to tell Odysseus his future. Odysseus stood on the middle of the ghosts, with his sword in his hand. Those ghosts would have done anything to get some of those offerings, even kill. Also Odysseus catches sight of his mother. He does not approach her nor does he speak to her. All he can this is "seeing this ghost I grieved, but held her off, through pang on pang of tears, till I know the presence of Tiresias."(1067). When Odysseus left Ithaca his mother was alive and healthy, so seeing her in the land of the dead, distress took him over and he was damaged. Even though he was in unthinkable pain, he still held her off. This shows that he is determined to get home to reach his family and nothing can shake him up enough to make him give up. Again Odysseus shows how decided he is by still trying to get home to see his wife and son, even after twenty years. He easily could of given up and stayed in paradise with calypso at her island. Instead he chose to fight terrifying monsters and life-threatening storms. Odysseus had a mind set of getting home to see his family and that is exactly what he does.
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