The Odessey is a tale that has changed literature and storytelling. In this tale Odysseus
is a Soldier from the battle of Troy trying to get home to his island of Ithaca, where he
is king. His wife and son must wait ten years while he is trying to make his way home.
In Odysseus’s absence wooer’s, or better known as suitors, learn of his
absence and travel to Ithaca to win his wife’s hand in marriage. These men come
every day feasting on Odysseus’s food and wine, and give his servant’s orders.
His son Telemachus, does his best to keep the suitors from ruining his fathers house but
he is only a boy, and doesn’t receive the respect of an adult. Telemachus then has a
visit from the god Athena, whom Odysseus is friends with, who advises him to travel to
find out about his father. In his travels he hears that Odysseus may still be alive.
Meanwhile Odysseus goes through a series of adventures and hardships that prove his
wisdom. It is interesting in contrast of the Iliad, even though Achilles was much
stronger and a better warrior, Odysseus was portrayed as a greater hero due to his wisdom.
He uses this wisdom to escape from the Cyclops.