The Trials Of Odysseus Depicted In Homer's Odyssey

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Picture a water-logged, bearded man floundering about in the ocean, yet never failing nor drowning. This is Odysseus, King of Ithaka, trying to survive. In The Odyssey by Homer, characters in the story were impacted by significant events, and emerged either more joyful, or more depressed than before. Telemakhos journeyed on a long voyage to find his father, enduring much pain in the process that eventually lead to reunion with his father. His father, Odysseus himself, the great Greek hero, suffered practically all his life, yet he returned to his home as the rightful king. These men’s experiences exemplify the fact that suffering leads to maturity.
A mature one learns from their mistake, as painful as it may be. Odysseus underwent many trials, but one in particular impacted him greatly. When Odysseus and his crew were escaping from the Kyklops' island he taunted the beast –his defeated enemy –saying, “O Kyklops! Would you feast on my companion… Kyklops, if ever mortal man inquire how you were put to shame and blinded, tell him Odysseus, raider of cities, took your eye: Laertes’ son, whose home’s on Ithaca!” (159-160). The Kyklops prayed to the god Poseidon, his father. Poseidon sent a giant stone to destroy Odysseus’s ship, and created a massive tidal wave that carried them to an island. On the island, Odysseus offered a ram to Zeus, but the god ignored the sacrifice. Odysseus endured many difficulties from that moment on: he was trapped with Kirke for a year, his crew was transformed into pigs, he had to visit Hades in order to return home, and when he finally arrived home, he had to fight suitors to the death for his own wife. Yet one thing emerged as a result of Odysseus’ suffering: throughout the rest of the story, he no longer taunted his enemies even when he defeated them, because he knew that consequences would soon follow.
When a mentor –such as a parent or guardian –is lost, a mature one will rise up to “take their place”, resulting in the...

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