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Personal Odyssey Project

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Catherine Devereaux

on 1 November 2013

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Transcript of Personal Odyssey Project

Scylla and Charybdis
By: Catherine Devereaux
Personal Odyssey Project
The Cattle of the Sun God
Connection to my Life: When I went on a vacation to Colorado there was my family and this little girl, Katelyn who I had to take care of. And one day we went hiking and we got lost. So I had to get Katelyn and I back home and she kept on crying because she thought we would never get back. But i kept on telling her it's okay we will get back. Even though I wasn't really sure if we would or not.
When I was in 1st grade and it was recess I started to throw rocks and see how far they can go. But then I threw this really big rock and it hit another 1st grader. Then I ran away, but I eventually got called up to the office and got a detention. I also apologized to the boy for hitting him.
The Lotus Eaters

When I went to Seven Spring this year my friends and I were hanging out and some of the boys were smoking pot and offered us some, but I didn't want to so I rejected the offer and told them that they should stop because our adviser was next door and could get into trouble.
Odysseus and his men sailed off to the island of the Lotus Eaters where they see harmless looking people offering a lotus flower to eat. His men then eat the lotus flower and start to lose hope of returning home. Odysseus sees what the lotus flower is doing to them and has to tie them to his boat and sail off.
Odysseus said,"...but those who ate this honeyed plant, the Lotus, never cared to report, nor to return: they longed to stay forever, browsing on that native bloom, forgetful wailing, to their ships, tied them down under their rowing benches, and called the rest:' All hands aboard; come, clear the beach and no one taste the Lotus, or lose your hope of home.' "
Connection to the Hero's Journey: This is the challenges and temptations part of the story because the men put themselves at risk by eating the lotus flower. This made them not want to leave and it forces then physically to be stuck there.
The literary element is person vs. self because when the men eat the lotus flower they themselves lose hope of returning home.

Odysseus and his men are in their boat and they have to pass the island of Sirens, so in order to pass they sail close to the shore to get out of reach of Charybdis. They even put beeswax into their ears, so they won't hear her song. However, Odysseus knows that they will have to go past Scylla the six headed monster and lose six men. Despite the fact that Odysseus knows what will happen he doesn't tell the men or else they will panic.
Odysseus said," ... But as I sent them on toward Scylla, I told them noting, as they could do nothing. They would have dropped their oars again, in panic, to roll for cover under decking."
Connection to the Hero's Journey: This is the threshold of the story because they are just setting off into an adventure where the men don't really know how this will end.
The literary element is dramatic irony because only Odysseus and the audience know what will happen in the end.
The Cyclops
Last year at a soccer game there was a much larger boy on defense and I was on offense trying to get pass him. So I thought of a way to get the ball past him and because I couldn't knock him over. Then I started to charge at him and right when I got up to him I made an immediate left turn and he stumbled thinking that he would be able to knock me over to steal the ball.
In this story Odysseus took some of his men to this peaceful island and he warned them not to touch any of the cattle there. They then went to sleep and a bad storm came upon them. So they hide under their boat until it passed by. When it finally did the men set out to try to find food, but couldn't find any so they killed one of the cattle. Then even offered it as a sacrifice to Apollo and ate the rest. Then Odysseus came and found out what they had done which made him mad. He told his men that they had just killed one of the Sun King's cattle. They left the island when a huge hurricane hit them and all of the men died except for Odysseus
."Odysseus said to the Sun King, "O Father Zeus and gods in bliss forever, punish Odysseus' men! So overweening, now they have killed my peaceful kine, my joy at morning when I climbed the sky of stars , and evening when I bore westward from heaven. Resituation or penalty-or I go down forever to light the dead men in the underworld."
Connection to the Hero's Journey: This is the challenges and temptations of the story because they are in a situation where they put themselves into risk emotionally and physically. They are emotionally at risk because they feel sorry for killing the Sun King's cattle. They are also physically at risk because the god will punish them.
The literary element is poetic justice because Odysseus warned them not to touch the cattle, but they did anyways. So the Sun King punished them.
Odysseus and his men reach the island of the Cyclops and try to search for food. They then came upon an abandoned cave where a one eyed Cyclops lives. Instead of offering food to them the Cyclops wanted to eat them all and asked Odysseus what his name is.
Odysseus tricked the Cyclops by saying,"My name is Nohbdy: mother, father,and friends , everyone calls me Nohbdy." He then said,"Here's liquor to wash down your scraps of men. Taste it, and see the kind of drink we carried under our planks." After the Cyclops was drunk they blinded him by stabbing his eye.
Then Odysseus tied his men to the Cyclops' sheep so that when he let then graze in the morning they would escape.
Connection to Hero's Journey: This is the abyss because Odysseus and his men are scared and don't know what to do, but Odysseus comes up with a plan.
The literary element is external conflict because Odysseus and his men need to find a way to get out of the cave.
The End!
Connection to My Life
Connection to My Life
Connection to My Life
Connection to My Life
Thank you!
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