The Odyssey by Homer (review by Sachi B. ’21)

The OdysseyThe Odyssey by Homer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Written by Homer, The Odyssey, is an epic covering the journey of the hero Odysseus to reach his home, Ithaca. Odysseus constantly faces hardships due to a multitude of reasons such as the gods being against him and the urges of women to have him as a husband. Despite being gone for twenty years due to the Trojan War, he continuously perseveres to reach his home, utilizing his trickery and strength. He is heavily assisted by divine intervention from numerous gods like Athena and Hermes, allowing him to fulfill his journey. I thoroughly enjoyed the epic as Homer painted his journey in such a detailed way, making us sympathize for our hero. The only reason I gave the epic four stars was because although Homer wants Odysseus to be our hero, there were many poor decisions that Odysseus made that seemed to challenge his hero status. Overall, I would definitely recommend this epic, which gave me a wide understanding of the ancient Greek mythology. – Sachi B. ’21

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