By: Yuzek Rodriguez
History of the Odyssey
About the book
How is the Odyssey being implemented within modern western society?
The Odyssey has many concepts that relate to our western society such as home and family, the treatment of strangers, what constitutes a hero and truth. During the whole story Odysseus tries to get back to his home in Ithaca and most importantly his family this shows us how important family was to the Greeks. We still have this idea of home and family today such as a soldier coming back from Vietnam returns to his/her family and home. In the odyssey we see how Odysseus is being treated when he is under disguise as a beggar and his own servant doesn't recognize him but he offers the disguised Odysseus a place to stay and food. In our society today we follow the same concept such as helping a homeless person by giving them money or food, in some cases also a place to stay. In Odysseus we see him as a hero who is the leader of men and fights for glory and victory and that's how the hero's of those times mainly were, while in Today's society our heroes can range from Lady Gaga to a soldier fighting in Iraq. In todays society we say we value truth when in reality we don't always say the truth 100%. We see the same concept in Odysseus when he lies at times to get what he wants.