Everyone has a journey to undergo, whether it is to get back home after years of war or trying to go pro in a sport, and every journey will have its struggles and its lessons. In “The Odyssey” the hardships that Odysseus endures range anywhere from being eaten by Cyclopes or resisting the seduction of the sirens songs. My journey began at the age of four. My dad signed me up for a house league beginners hockey team for kids ages four to six. The majority of the time on the ice was clinics so that eventually we would actually be good enough to play in games. The clinics started at eight at night and ended at nine at night, and I wouldn’t get home until after ten which is pretty late for a four year old. The games were every Saturday night and Sunday at six thirty in the morning, which made my dad very happy to go to. I even persuaded my dad to be the assistant coach of my team which was really cool to me. I continued to play on the same schedule for the next two years. Driving to the games I used to fall asleep and when we got to the rink it was so cold and dark out I used to cry getting out of the car. We would play at an outdoor rink. I would beg my dad to take me home so he would have to carry me and my gear into the rink. When I turned 7, I lost interest in the game and decided to take a break from hockey, which when looking back on it was a terrible choice on my part. I do still appreciate that to this day my dad didn’t push me to keep playing but instead let me make my own choices. As I grew up, I played other sports, I found different hobbies, but all this time I still found that there was always something missing, no matter what I did. That is until I met Eamonn Conway. Eamonn and I met in fourth grade but really didn’t become good friends until the middle of fifth grade. Eamonn was the one to reignite the spark for my interest in hockey. He was able to get me to play in a couple house leagues and clinics, like when I was little, in sixth grade. I continued to play in the house leagues for the next two years. I wasn’t the best but I tried as hard as I could every time I went on the ice. During that time I also met a hockey trainer who works at a local ice rink. His name was Andy, and he also worked with Eamonn, so it worked out that me and Eamonn could car pool to the training session. Eventually I got good enough to play on a middle school team, and because Oyster Bay is so small it doesn’t have a high school team, I got put in what is called a draft. The draft is basically where depending on your age and position, any team that needs a player and is within a certain radius gets picked for that team. As it happened, I got put on the Manhasset Middle School hockey team. As I progressed with my training, I began to get good enough to try out for a travel team. When a player gets good enough in a house league they can try out for a travel team. There are many travel teams a player can try out for and depending on how good a player is he/she can play in different tiers, for example a very good player can play for a tier one or tier two and a good player can play for a tier three team. I talked to Eamonn about what team he thought I should play for and he said the Long Beach Apple Core, this was the team Eamonn played for. I talked it over with my dad and he said it was all right with him if I tried out. The previous year the Apple Core team had been a very good team so I was every excited about the season, but as it turned out we would only win one regular season game. I knew that after that year I would not be able to play for them again because there wouldn’t be a team
Odyssey Essay 1/18/13 Period C
Throughout the history of mankind has looked for guidance from a godlike being or beings. In the Greek epic The Odyssey composed by Homer, mortals’ lives are affected by the presence of the gods, who watch over and even intercede…
Advanced Freshman English 4th
17 March 2014
The Odyssey Essay
When you think about Greek Epic leader, Odysseus will most likely come to mind. Odysseus is the main character in Homer's poem "The Odyssey,” which is a narrative poem that describes Odysseus' adventures and obstacles in his quest to return home to Ithaca, where he is king, from the Trojan War. Odysseus has been gone for two decades. All the other chieftains have returned, however, Odysseus' whereabouts are unknown…
The Odyssey Essay
What is a good leader? A leader must express certain virtues, embody ideals, and value a culture considered admirable. A leader must emerge victorious from any situations no matter how perilous to be considered such. Strength, courage, intelligence, and loyalty are almost prerequisites. A leader must not only portray these qualities, but they set an example as each of these qualities. Leaders are a role model to the ones who needs guidance in life. In the epic poem The Odyssey…
The Odyssey Personal Essay
Every person has a goal to achieve an achievement. Somebody wants to get to a certain college, or one man wants to try to be named as the best in a certain sport. However, one ought to encounter a certain dilemma where they must endeavor to solve on their journey. Just as Odysseus was striving to reach Ithaca, he encounters his own problems. Some of these problems that both Odysseus and others engage with on their journeys are distracting characters that interfere with…
In this essay I will be talking about whether the statement, “the female characters in book 5 and 6 are more important than Odysseus” is true.
In the books 5 and 6 we meet the female characters, calypso, Athena, Ino and Nausicaa. They all play a significant part in on helping Odysseus find his way home.
Calypso: Calypso is a nymph who lives on the island of Ogygia. She found Odysseus near death and took him in to her home and cared for him. She keeps Odysseus prisoner there for seven…
ENG 391 Claret Frias
The author of the “Odyssey”, best known as Homer was born in Smyrna, Turkey between 12th and 8th centuries BC. He was believed by the ancient Greeks to have been the first and greatest of the epic poets. Another of his great work was “The Iliad” which also had huge impact around the world. It is believed that the Odyssey was composed near 700 B.C., somewhere in Ionia, the Greek coastal region of Anatolia. The poem mainly centers on the Greek hero Odysseus…
During the era of The Odyssey, hospitality played a vital role in the ethics of society. Travel was immensely tiring and many travelers needed places to stay. Therefore people were expected to provide hospitality and in turn, were often rewarded in some type of way. People were expected to treat traveling strangers with food, shelter and entertainment even if they were unaware of the possible danger. Also, people were very wary that if they failed to offer hospitality the Gods would unleash punishment…
“It is not what an author states, but what he or she whispers that is important.” In other words little details in a work are actually important in fully understanding it. Two works that prove this quote true are The Odyssey by Homer and “Ithaka” by Constantine Cavafy.
The Odyssey by Homer proves that this quote is true in many ways. There were many events in this poem where little details could teach the reader a lot. One was when Odysseus and his men went to The Land of the Lotus Eaters. Though…
What changes your fate, what dictates whether you live or die trying? In Homer’s The Odyssey, Agamemnon’s and Odysseus’s fate contrast because of their differing homecomings and loyalty of their wives. These two factors leads to the death of Agamemnon and to the success of Odysseus.
When Agamemnon returns home he doesn’t think he has made enemies while fighting with his fellow Achaeans for ten long years in Troy. Aegisthus He is spotted by a spy when he arrives, who notifies Aegisthus of his homecoming…
November 4, 2014
The Odyssey, a great epic, told us the story of Odysseus and his adventures. Its
characters , their problems, obstacles and their morals weave their way into our live
as well. The morals and beliefs of the Greeks represent to us through stories and
incorporate themselves into our mind. I believe the Odyssey to be an allegory, meaning
it has two parts of interpretation to it. The obstacles, problems and goals relate to our
modern day lives. It…