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Shvoong Home>Books>Behind The Oddyssy Review

Behind The Oddyssy

Book Review   by:Pandoros     Original Author: Erik Marcovecchio
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There is only true love. In The Odyssey by Homer, a man tries to find his way home to get to his wife. On his way home, from his victory at Troy, the god were anger at him, so he voyaged for 20 years before he returned home. During those 20 years, Odysseus traveled to different island where gods or other mystical creatures lived. Some gods challenged trying to make him forget his past!             Don’t leave anyone behind. Ulysses comes to an island where Circe the daughter of the sun. Ulysses’ men who are hungry and trusty, they eat from Circe cauldron and “they were turned into pigs” (152). When it got late, Ulysses notice that is companions did no return, he went looking for them. On his trip to Circe’s castle, he met a “very beautiful youth” (152). This you told Ulysses, “drink the cup that she gives you, but first put this into the drug” (152). She handed out a flower white has milk “it is called Moly” (152). On went Ulysses to see Circe and she did give him a cup, he placed a Moly in the cup, and he did not fall under Circe spell. Circe was about to take her wand, but Ulysses drew his sword, Circe was surprised and said: “How is this, that my drugs do thee no harm?”(153). Ulysses wanted his men back, so he told Circe to give her word that she will not harm him and his men. Circes turned the swine back into men.   Under a spell. When Ulysses left Circe, she warned him about the sirens. The sirens sing with their seducing voice all males are bond to them, the sirens devour them.
“…tore him to pieces, and devoured him” (155). To stop from hearing the singing, he put candle wax in his companion’s ear, so tightly that he could not hear the singing. Ulysses “Men [tied] him with rope to the mast of the boat.” (156)  Now Ulysses could not leave the boat and be eaten by the sirens.     Trapped forever. After Ulysses encounter with the sirens, the wind and waves carried his ship for 8 days and nights. Where he came to an island where “dwelt a goddess by the name of Calypso” (163). This is where he lived for 7 years or more. Zeus decided that Calypso must send Ulysses back to his home land, so Hermes, the messenger of the gods, was sent to Calypso’s island to forward Zeus message: “Zeus Wishes he shall go…”(194)               Ulysses found his way home after 20 years. Only after When went to Circe island, he suffered to endure the seduction of the sirens and finally a long 7 years on Calypso island. Ulysses did not give up, trying to go home to see his wife.  This shows that Ulysses loves his wife so much that the fought his way all the way home. Life in abundance comes only through great love
Published: June 06, 2005   
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