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Odyssey Of Life Reflective Essay

698 words - 3 pages

It may be difficult to understand how the Odyssey, a 2,700 year old epic poem about gods and monsters, could ever symbolize life today. The Odyssey does, however, parallel to a journey of life because of the decisions made by Odysseus and decisions I will make as well as the trials he endured and the challenges I will face. Some of the obstacles I will endure in the future, including high school and college, may not be as serious as the monsters Odysseus had to face, nevertheless, they are still everyday situations that I must learn from.
In The Odyssey, Odysseus has to learn from his mistakes, and apply what he learned to succeed in his life. The only way to be successful is to learn from the mistakes we make ourselves and the mistakes of others. We use these mistakes as guidelines and boundaries to shape our decisions. In the scene of the Lotus Eaters, Odysseus sent a few men to investigate the island, but when they returned, Odysseus forced them on board: "When they had eaten and drunk I sent two of my company to see what manner of men the people of the place might be, and they had a third man under them. They started at once, and went about among the Lotus-eaters, who did them no hurt, but gave them to eat of the lotus, which was so delicious that those who ate of it left off caring about home, and did not even want to go back and say what had happened to them, but were for staying and munching lotus with the Lotus-eaters without thinking further of their return; nevertheless, though they wept bitterly I forced them back to the ships and made them fast under the benches. Then I told the rest to go on board at once, lest any of them should taste of the lotus and leave off wanting to get home…" (Homer) In this scene, you can see that Odysseus’s men made a mistake, yet they didn’t know it was wrong. He then warned the rest of his crew about the...

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