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A focus on Homer (1999): the odyssey

Updated on December 6, 2014

There exists many features in Homer’s (1999) “the Odyssey” which makes the story to be depicted as an epic. An epic is a lengthy story that consists of an elevated style with the main character having to undergo many challenges before reaching the specific goal. In the story of “Odyssey”, these features are evident in the character of Odysseus. Odysseus struggles to return to his homeland, Ithaca after being declared a hero in the Trojan War. In his home return, he encounters many tribulations and trails, which hampers his journey back home. During this journey, he comes face to face with many temptations and dangers, which also affects his spiritual perspective. Some of these dangers, which he comes face to face with, include sirens, giant monsters and encounter with a goddess Athena in the island.

Homer is a renown author who wrote the epic of the odyssey and the Iliad. The author is believed to be one of the greatest epic writers and his epics had a lasting impact not only on the Western canon but also in the whole of Europe. His time of living is believed to be around 850 BCE. Plato who describes him as the first teacher (West 364) further portrays the significance of Homer.

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