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  • 001 Space Odyssey - 358 words
    There are many scenes that take place in a book, some are more important than others. In the book I read over the summer, 2001: Space Odyssey by Arthur Clarke. A few of the scenes were very important and without them the book would have been a waste. Here are three examples of importance in scenes from my book. Frank Poole is sent to the moon of earth to explore a strange uncovered artifact. This artifact turns out to be a signaling device put on the moon by aliens millions of years before the time when it was discovered. What happens next in this scene is fairly important. When the artifact, named TMA-1, was exposed to the sun for the first time in over 3 million years it send out a signal ...
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  • Odyssey - 404 words
    Women Portrayed in Homer's The Odyssey Women were very important to the Greeks, and they showed this value in many ways. In The Odyssey Homer shows us the different ways women were looked upon through female characters, such as Penelope, Naussica, and Anticlia. With Penelope, a faithful and loving wife to Odysseus, Homer reveals to us how the Greeks believed wives should act. She was loyal to Odysseus the entire time he was away on his journey, and even when it appeared as if he had passed on she still had faith that he would return. She resisted the suitors on the sole basis that she loved Odysseus and could not see herself with another man when he could still be alive. She was smart, and c ...
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  • Odyssey - 1,046 words
    The most admired classical hero is most certainly Odysseus, the mythological Grecian subject of Homer's epic tale, The Odyssey. This legendary figure displays excessive amounts of brains and muscle, seeming almost superhuman at times. He embodies the ideals Homeric Greeks aspired to: manly valor, loyalty, piety, and intelligence. The popularity of Odysseus transcends time. To this day he remains greatly admired as both a hero and an ordinary man who must deal with great adventures and retrieving the life he once had. For twenty years Odysseus overcame each obstacle the gods handed to him. He was always respectful to the gods, acknowledging their control of fate and realizing that he needed h ...
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  • Odyssey - 1,032 words
    ... that at times could overcome even his strongest heroic qualities. Calypso would often observe Odysseus, sitting in his usual place on the stone, wearing out his soul with lamentation and tears. (63). Being held prisoner on an island made Odysseus very upset. Feelings of helplessness and missing his family drained him of any heroism and left him very much an ordinary man, giving in to his emotions. There were times when Odysseus wanted to give up. Before arriving in the lad of the Phaecians, he tossed about for two nights and two days on the rolling waves, always looking for death. (70). The physical pain he was experiencing under the direction of Poseidon was too great for even this stro ...
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  • Homers Odyssey - 1,475 words
    One of the most famous works from the early Greek era is Homers The Odyssey. It details the journey home of a war hero, Odysseus. His homecoming entails many adventures, many of them carrying reflective themes. The Sirens are one episode that he must overcome. This episode contains many prevalent themes that are repeated throughout the work. Though the varied episodes differ in terms of characters and settings, most are based on similar patterns of plot and theme. The themes that are most emphasized are forgetfulness, a willingness to risk pain for pleasure, and female temptation. When comparing the Sirens episode with much of Odysseus other adventures, one can observe an emergence and repet ...
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  • The Odyssey - 921 words
    The lessons that Odysseus learns on his way home to Ithaka will allow him to get back to being a good, father, and leader of his civilization. He needs to relearn all of what he once knew as leader of Ithaka in order to safely survive there. Luckily, Odysseus has a strong will and is able to accomplish all of his goals. The three most important lessons he learns are the need for opportunity, the importance and enjoyment of group activity, and the last, most important, hospitality. The need for opportunity is an important quality, of a civilization, that Odysseus must learn in order to be leader of Ithaka. If he doesnt realize that all the people in his civilization need opportunity his commu ...
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  • Fate And Free Will In The Odyssey - 1,354 words
    When we look at Greek Mythology we often run into the gods of that era. Sometimes they are merely backdrops to the human element of the story but in stories such as The Odyssey the gods play a prominent if not vital role to the central themes of the story. Fate has a place in the Greek world but its place is not the same as it is in other scenarios or worlds. It is important to understand the word before we discuss it. Fate as far as Greek mythology goes is not just fate. By most standards fate means that things occur for an unknown reason that no one has any control over. However, in the world of Greek Mythology fate does not just happen. The gods engineer fate and they interfere to make th ...
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  • Hospitality In The Odyssey - 1,236 words
    A story centered on homecoming and traveling, The Odyssey by Homer, set in Ancient Greece, has key themes, which include hospitality and the treatment of travelers and strangers. These reoccurring themes are depicted often as Odysseus and Telemakhos show up at the doorsteps of his various hosts, and these themes prove how inhospitable the suitors are. The difference between good and bad is clearly drawn in the Odyssey, good people are hospitable, they hope for Odysseus' return, and are kind to Odysseus when he is disguised as a beggar. While bad people abuse hospitality in some way, wish Odysseus dead, and are rude to the beggar. Hospitality defines the lines of good and bad in the Odyssey. ...
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  • Simarlarites In The Odyssey - 866 words
    Throughout Homers The Odyssey, many tangible symbols are used to represent abstract ideas. Each symbol that Homer uses has two meanings. The double meanings of these symbols are used to represent Odysseus and Telemachus as they strive to meet each other. While each symbol has a meaning that represents the growth of Telemachus, each one also represents, by another meaning, the growth and development of Odysseus. When they meet for the first time, the symbols, and the character traits that they represent confluence, and the resemblance between Odysseus and Telemachus becomes complete. One of the main ideas running throughout the Odyssey is the importance of water. It has the power of giving li ...
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  • The Odyssey - 892 words
    Throughout Homers The Odyssey, many tangible symbols are used to represent abstract ideas. Each symbol that Homer uses has two meanings. The double meanings of these symbols are used to represent Odysseus and Telemachus as they strive to meet each other. While each symbol has a meaning that represents the growth of Telemachus, each one also represents, by another meaning, the growth and development of Odysseus. When they meet for the first time, the symbols, and the character traits that they represent converge, and the resemblance between Odysseus and Telemachus becomes complete. One of the main ideas running throughout the Odyssey is the importance of water. It has the power of giving life ...
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  • Comparing Translations Of The Odyssey - 1,029 words
    The Iliad: Comparing the Works of Fagles, Lattimore and Pope Regardless of the subject matter, a writers work always reflects something of the writer himself. Although an author may attempt to remain completely objective and invisible to the reader, something of his beliefs, background, education and biases inevitably permeates into the writing. This phenomenon is even true with and especially evident in translations. While the translator would ideally remain faithful to the original author and his text, each individuals unique style, perception and voice inextricably tinge the finished product. This idea is clear in regards to the numerous translations of The Iliad. Robert Fagles, Alexander ...
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  • The Odyssey - 1,085 words
    In the Odyssey, Odysseus was portrayed as an epic hero determined to get back to his homeland, Ithaca. Through out his journeys his crew and him were presented with many challenges and disasters that delayed his return home. While he was gone suitors were coming to his home everyday to try to win over Penelope and become the king of Ithaca. The suitors took advantage of everything they could while Odysseus was gone. Everyday the suitors returned to his home and dined and feasted at Odysseuss expense. Many affairs were going on between the servants and the suitors along with the suitors trying to kill Telemachus to get him out of they of stopping them from marrying Penelope. Odysseus is now i ...
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  • The Odyssey - 682 words
    The Odyssey, written by Homer, is the story of Odysseus and how he faced misfortune in his attempts to return home after the war. From these misfortunes he learned to be a better man and able to regain his place in his homeland of Ithaca. During his journeys Odysseus often makes the mistake of to boast to his enemies but learns that doing so gives his a chance to seek retribution against him. After leaving Troy attacks the land of the Cicones. Instead of leaving after his he stays to celebrate until a force is rallied against him and he flee with many casualties. Afterwards Odysseus and his crew land the island of the Cyclops. They are attacked and some are eaten Polyphemus. After intoxicati ...
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  • Telemachus Odyssey - 672 words
    The Odyssey, though named for the great warrior and story focus Odysseus, cannot be soley regarded as a single man's journey. The growth in intellect, maturity, and strength the Odysseus undergoes is reflected distinctly in his son, Telemachus. In the first books, other characters continue to treat him much as a child, and in many respects, Telemachus still acts like one. The first few books illustrate the relationship between Telemachus and his father, a father he has barely known. When Odysseus left his wife and child, Telemachus was still an infant. For his want of a father, Athena acts as a mentor to him; particularly when she gives him the courage to journey from his home in search of h ...
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  • Odyssey - 363 words
    What are the five elements of an epic? Show how The Odyssey meets each of the five elements by providing well - detailed examples. Homer cleverly uses each of the five elements of an epic poem in The Odyssey. The first one used was when Athena promised to assist Odysseus. Athena is the divine brings who assist the hero. Athena assisted Odysseus only because he was wily and self-controlled. Those were extremely rare, but respected traits. The next element Homer used was personification of forces of nature. Charybdis is a female monster who sucks in water three times a day to form deadly whirlpools. Since it is a real whirlpool in the Strait of Messina, it is personification. Homer also gave h ...
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  • Odyssey - 1,161 words
    In the epic poem Odyssey, Homer delineates the homecoming of a great warrior and the hero of the epic Odysseus from the Trojan War. Though seemingly, it might sound like a male-dominated ancient myth, women pull the strings in the Odyssey, whether it may be Helen of Troy who inflicted upon the spears and arrows thirst for blood or may it be Circumspect Penelope who motivated Odysseus to come home. Also goddess Athene, nymph Kalypso and Circe, mortals Nausikaa and Klytaimestra serve as strings of the harp for Odyssey. Odyssey, by giving a significant and a dynamic role to the women, thrusts a pinnacle change in the ancient regard of women as mere instruments of pleasures. Athene in Odyssey is ...
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  • The Odyssey And Lysistrata - Lust - 1,380 words
    Lust is defined as an intense longing or a sexual desire. It is a common theme in literature; particularly in classic Greek literature. The reason it is so prevalent in literature is that is prevalent in our daily lives. Everyone lusts after something or someone. It is an interesting topic to examine closely, and classic literature is an excellent medium for such an investigation. Two works I have studied, in which lust is a theme, are an epic, Homer's The Odyssey, and a play, Aristophanes Lysistrata. In both The Odyssey and Lysistrata, lust is a theme that plays a major role in the course of the story, making the stories similar, but very different. The Odyssey is an epic that tells story o ...
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  • The Odyssey: The Use Of Hubris - 691 words
    There is no safety in unlimited hubris (McGeorge Bundy). The dictionary defines hubris as overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance. In The Odyssey, Homer embodies hubris into the characters Odysseus, the Suitors, and the Cyclopes. Odysseus shows hubris when he is battling the Cyclopes, the Cyclopes show hubris when dealing with Odysseus, and the Suitors show it when Odysseus confronts them at his home. To start, within the course of The Odyssey, Odysseus displays hubris through many of his actions. The most prominent instance in which Odysseus shows hubris is while he and his men are trying to escape from the Cyclops Polyphemus. They drug the monster until it passes out, and then stab him ...
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  • The Odyssey - Women - 1,005 words
    In The Odyssey by Homer, there were many great women that had conflicting personalities and adverse motives, but also they were alike. With these oppositions they helped Odysseus to get back home to Ithaca, whether they wanted to or not. These women from the novel that have opposing qualities, yet help Odysseus get home and finish off the suitors, are Penelopeia and Clytemnestra, Circe and Calypso, and Eurycleia and Melantho. Clytemnestra is a disloyal wife and a cruel woman, while Penelopeia is a devoted spouse and a wonderful lady. When King Agamemnon goes away to fight at Troy, his wife, Clytemnestra, has an affair. When he returns, she kills him, not even letting him see his son after te ...
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  • 2001: A Peace Odyssey? - 2,299 words
    Introduction When I was in Ireland in 1997, I learned one important thing within few days: Do not ask, talk or enter into discussions about the contentious issues of politics and religion, and so I did not. However, it is impossible to touch Irish ground without also touching the fringes of what is popular referred to as the Irish Question. I noticed armed soldiers guarding the polling place at a by-election in county Armagh, a lorry driver vehemently expressed his disgust at the Irish tricolour and an elderly gentleman passionately told the history of Ireland. Naturally he focused on the events that have caused Irish nationalists grieving for centuries, e.g. Cromwells conquest of Ireland, K ...
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