The Odysseus

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  • Normal Life
  • Call To Adventure
  • Refusal
  • Odysseus' normal life came clear when Homer introduces him, "After Menelaus was chosen to be Helens husband, Odysseus married Penelope, daughter of king Icarus, and the happiness of the young couple was crowned by the birth of a son" (Background, p127). Homer emphasizes the happy life of Odysseus after finding his true love.
  • Mentor
  • But their happiness didn't last long, "... Helen fled to Troy with Paris, and Menelaus required all of Helen's former suitor to honor their agreement" (Background, p.127). Odysseus is called to adventure with no option of acceptance or denial, even after he was not interested in Helen anymore.
  • Enemies
  • Refusing to the call Odysseus "... yoked an ass and ox to a plow and sowed salt" (Background, p.127). By acting crazy/mad he thought that there was a greater chance of him not going to fight, but Palamedes tricked him out of his plan.
  • Allies
  • Odysseus had no hope, "Now the goddess Athena, feeling sorry for Odysseus, appeals to her father, Zeus, to intervene" (Homer, p.715). Homer shows how Athena was a mentor towards Odysseus in helping him have an agreement with Calypso.
  • Once Odysseus recovers his journey he, "... sets out on the sea but Poseidon sends a storm that destroys his raft,"(Homer, p.718). This test affects Odysseus on his journey home and gives a clue that this will be one of the many challenges he will face.
  • Homer describes how while Odysseus may encounter enemies, there are still Allies to help him,"...Odysseus is found by the kings daughter and brought to the royal palace. The king and queen offer to assist him on his journey home," (Homer, p.719). Odysseus is helped once again to achieve the goal of going home.
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