The Odyssey Essay
The Odyssey Essay
Write an expository essay that responds to one of the prompts below. You need to have an introductory paragraph, at least two main body paragraphs, and a concluding paragraph. It is critical to address the prompt fully and to consult the rubric.
1. One way to interpret The Odyssey is as an allegory for life's journey. In an organized essay, describe how two of Odysseus's adventures can be interpreted in this light. What is symbolic about each? What lessons can we learn through Odysseus as he makes his way home? Use the organizer and class discussion and journal entries as a resource. Use specific quotes and critically analyze each one.
2. The Greeks honor and value balance as a way to live a fulfilled, harmonious life. In what ways does The Odyssey illustrate this concept? (Think of Homer’s plot and form when addressing this prompt). Share two examples of this concept in the poem and analyze what this reveals about their view of life in general.
3. The Hero's Journey is comprised of three main stages: the Separation, the Initiation, and the Return. In an organized essay, analyze The Odyssey as it relates to the Hero's Journey archetype. Chart the course of Odyssues OR Telemachus as he makes his way from Ithaca and back and make specific connections to the Hero's Journey. Use pertinent terms to show your knowledge of each (mentor, threshold, abyss, atonement, etc.).What is his call? What are his challenges and temptations? How is he transformed upon his return home? Describe specific features/traits in each of Odysseus's phases, and prove how he transforms and molds himself into a true hero.
4. Odysseus is an admirable hero because he uses strategy instead of strength to overcome many obstacles. In an organized essay, analyze two events where Odysseus uses his intellectual prowess over his might and share what this conveys about the concept of a hero.
5. Some readers contend that Odysseus is not truly heroic because of the ample assistance he receives from Athene. In a well-organized essay, discuss whether you agree or disagree with this assertion. Use specific evidence from the epic to support your points.
6. The hero Odysseus often relies on duplicity, guile, and deceit to achieve his ends. Thus, a message of The Odyssey is that tactics which involve dishonesty are valuable if used to achieve desirable outcomes. In a well-organized essay, defend, challenge or qualify the validity of this message. Use evidence from the book to support your opinion.
7. The Odyssey is the adventure story that others use as a prototype. Identify its highlights and try to determine what parts of that adventure are duplicated in stories that have come since.
Please follow these requirements to ensure yourself of maximum points:
1. Use MLA Format, including headers
2. It is important that you take time to organize your thoughts through prewriting.
3. Create a clear and argumentative thesis statement and place it at the end of your introductory paragraph
4. Organize two body paragraphs that contain at least two quotes each; begin each paragraph with a clear and argumentative topic sentence
5. Provide a smooth lead-in for each quote which gives contextual information
6. Include parenthetical citations with page numbers after each quote
7. Strive to provide more insight and analysis as opposed to merely restating the quote; delve beneath the surface!
8. Make sure your Concluding paragraph is all commentary. Don’t forget the “so what,” why should your reader be interested in this piece of writing? You can create a strong “so what” by making connections to what it means to be human, 2013, history, literature, or some significant human struggle.
9. Follow all standard conventions for literary essays (Avoid these words: I, me, you, yours, good, bad, nice, things)