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THE ODYSSEY

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Transcript of THE ODYSSEY

The Journey Begins
Farewell to Ithica
Odysseus Story
Farewell to Ithica
My Story
The Trojan Horse
Odysseus Story
Odysseus is the king of Ithica. Ithica is a small region a peninsula claimed by the greeks. Being a part of the greeks, he joins with the other nations in times of conflict. Odysseus' wife, Penelope is having child. As his son, Telemachus, is born, he is reported that war has struck in Troy. He must journey to Troy to join the Greek army to fight the Trojans. Unfortunately, Odysseus must leave. He regrets not being able to see his son grow up. Penelope begs him to stay, but Odysseus must aid his fellow Greeks.
The Trojan Horse
My Story
Defeat of the Suitors
Odysseus Story
Cyclops's Cave
My Story
Circe's Advice
Odysseus Story
Defeat of the Suitors
My Story
Athena's Guidance
Odysseus's Story
Singing the Praises
My Story
Singing Your Praises
Odysseus Story
Calypso's Island
My Story
Calypso's Island
Odysseus Story
Scylla and Charybdis
My Story
Odysseus Story
Odysseus Story
The Sirens
My Story
Down to Hades
Odysseus Story
Down to Hades
My Story
The Sirens
Odysseus Story
Cyclops's Cave
Odysseus Story
Penelope
My Story
Penelope
Odysseus Story
Athena's Guidance
My Story
Pillaging the Ciccones
Pillaging the Ciccones
My Story
As Odysseus sails to Troy, he thinks about his family. He wants to meet his newborn son. He wants to see his Penelope again. Odysseus keeps these memories close. Own his way he speaks with Athena, who gives him advice to defeat the Trojans. At first, Odysseus does not understand. However, when the mighty Achilles slayed Hector and in turn was slayed himself, Odysseus realized that he had to continue to be brave. Regardless of the number of soldiers who turn to surrender. He must be the one who brings victory to Greece. He must be the one who tears down the walls of Troy. Upon realizing this advice, Odysseus thinks of an idea.
My family and I are from India. Since I had only lived in India for four years after I was born, I didn't have much idea of what I was like there. Curious, I asked my parents if we could go and we went to India that summer. As we arrived at the airport in Hyderabad, my family introduced me to the rest of my family. Although living in India was a blast, I was a big change for me. My lifestyle was absolutely different. However, I adapted and enjoyed myself. This adaptation allowed me to enjoy the sites I saw like the Taj Mahal.
Odysseus realizes that he must enter Troy to conquer it. Knowing this, he devises a plan to infiltrate. He wanted to build a giant hollow horse as a surrendering gift. However, the Greeks only surrender to be able to enter Troy. Soldiers would hide inside the horse waiting to brought inside. As Trojan king Priam accepts the horse, a fortune teller warns him that the horse is a trap. Suddenly, Poseidon sends a sea monster to kill the fortune teller in an attempt to cause king Priam disregard the warning After king Priam brings the Trojan Horse into the city of Troy, the Greeks wait until the Trojans celebrate themselves to sleep. At that moment, the Greeks attack and conquer Troy. Later, Odysseus enrages Poseidon when he does not credit Poseidon
for kill
ing
the fortune teller, allowing the horse to enter Troy.
In 7th grade, my reading group read the book,
The Time Machine
. After finishing the book, we had to create a visual presentation of the book to show that we actually read it. My entire group was could not decide on what project to do. There were so many dull ideas in which we presented a poster or a powerpoint. However, I had a brilliant idea of creating a trailer. My friends grew excited, but didn't want to be actors. For that reason, I told them they would have to do no acting. I would simply make a stickfigure animation of certain scenes in the book. I would then combine them into a movie trailer. My group loved it and we received a one hundred as a grade.
Odysseus Story
After Odysseus enraged Poseidon, who cursed him, Odysseus headed towards Ithica, but landed in the Island of the Ciccones. On Ciccones, there was enough for any man to survive. Odysseus's men took food, raped women, and killed cattle. They created havoc throughout the Island of the Ciccones. As Odysseus's men relaxed knowing they have everything, the reinforcements of Ciccones arrive. The battle does not last but a few seconds. Odysseus and his men are driven out of the Ciccones Islands and set sail once again.
The Lotus Eaters
Odysseus Story
After Odysseus and his men raided the Ciccones, they reach the Island of the Lotus Eaters. However, Odysseus is not so reckless this time. He plans before barging into the island. He sends a scout of his men to search for resources. Odysseus waits, but they do not return. This creates suspicion causing Odysseus search and find the scout. Upon finding the scout, he realizes his men were eating the Lotus flower. Odysseus knew this flower caused an unnatural craving for the Lotus flower and a unwillingness to return home. After bring the scout back to the ship, they set sail in hopes of reaching Ithica.
I make many mistakes, but forgetting to turn in a project that counted as much as a unit test would be the worst. In Science class, my teacher thought giving tests for unit exams was not very interesting. Consequently, she told us to create a project that presented a certain topic in the unit. We were told to work on it during spring break. She placed the due date on the Monday after spring break. I was too busy doing pointless things during to remember to do the project. Ultimately, I turn in the project late and received a bad grade. That day, I learn to use time wisely.
The Lotus Eaters
My Story
Strange situations happen to nearly every person. In my case, I went to sleep and dreamt of school. In my dream, I was in class and we were taking a test. I quickly rush through it and hand it into the teacher. As I do this, I notice
that
I am the first person to turn in my test.
Soon after
everyone finishes, the tea
cher
announces
that the test does n
ot count as a grade. I get upset because I really felt like I made a good grade. Suddenly, I wake up and it is time for school. When I go to the class that I dreamt about, everything happens the same as my dream. I realized it as I left the classroom and was astonished.
Odysseus now becomes ev
e
n more cautious. As sails further, he lands
on
the island of Cyclops. Odysseus travels wit
h
his group of men bringing along a offeri
ng
, the gods wine. After getting trapped in a
cycl
ops's, Polyphemus, cave, Odysseus and his men meet the giant cyclops. Polyphemus ignores Odysseus's request for Xenia and eats some of Odysseus's men. After that attempt, Odysseus gives Polyphemus the god's wine and waits for the cyclops to sleep. Once Polyphemus falls asleep, Odysseus and his men stab Polyphemus in the eye and escape. The cyclops, who is in pain, calls for his father, Poseidon, to destroy Odysseus.
Once Odysseus escapes Polyphemus, he lands on the island of Circe due to an accident with the bag of winds from Aeolus. Odysseus sent a few men to find food. However, the men do not return causing Odysseus to go himself. Before entering Circe's palace, Hermes gives Odysseus a plant, that when eaten, stops the spell of Circe. He then enters the palace of Circe and discovers that his men, who left to look for food, have been turned into pigs. Knowing her spell, he challenges Circe to cast it upon him. After Circe fails to transform him, she offers him to take her to bed, and, in return, he will get his men back. Odysseus accepts the deal, takes his men, and returns to his ship. When he reaches his ship, he realizes that he spent one year at Circe's Palace when he thought is was only a few days. Once he realizes that time is distorted in Circe's palace, he makes Circe tell him a way to reach Ithica. She tells him to ask Tiresias in the Underworld.
I was always a respectful student. I tried to be kind to anyone I could. One day, as I was leaving band class, I was having a really uninteresting day. Absentmindedly, I accidentally kicked the trombone of someone in front of me. He, thinking I did it purposefully, turned and kicked my instrument. Then began a brief session of kicking each others instruments. Suddenly, a teacher
walks
towards us. She yells at us for kicking each other.
She turned to me,
blaming me for kicking his trombone. I sim
ply told her that
the other student was kicking my trumpet and I did
nothing t
o him. With that, I escaped any punishment, but I still f
eel so
rry towards to the other student, who actually ha
d not
hing to do with it.
Circe's Advice
My Story
In my Kindergarten class, we had all kinds of children. We had the smart children, the dumb children, the kind children, and then we had the annoying children. I happened to be placed with the most annoying child in the class. On that day, he annoyed me to the point by which I could take no more. I punched him in the gut and left without a word. After everyone discovered, I was about to be placed in quiet time, my teacher came to me. She said, "Why do you rely on anger to solve your problems. Anger will get you nowhere. Anger will only create more anger. Frustration cannot be settle with anger and violence. If you truly want to overcome frustration and other annoyances, do it using peace." After that, I never laid a hand on anyone (except my brother).
After Odysseus travels to the Underworld, he tries to find Tiresias. Soon he finds that finding Tiresias is very difficult. However, Odysseus suddenly remembers that the dead are attracted to blood. Knowing this, he cuts himself and draws blood. He then uses the blood to find Tiresias. Before Odysseus finds him, he sees his mother. Startled, he slowly embraces the dead of his mother. Once he finds Tiresias, Odysseus asks him how he can return to Ithica. Tiresias tells Odysseus to not be tempted by the Sirens, not to eat the cattle of the Sun god Helios, and to beware of Scylla and Charybdis. With this knowledge, Odysseus set sail once again.
If there was one person I want to speak to, it would be my grandfather. My grandfather died a few years ago. He lived in India he entire life, so I didn't couldn't to talk to him much. I want to speak to him because I was not able see him very much at all. If I go to the underworld, I would look for my grandfather first. I would ask him why he chose not to come live with his son's family in the United States. I would ask him what he was like when he was a child. I would ask him if still remembered his grandchildren.
After Tiresias points Odysseus in the right direction, Odysseus reaches the Sirens. Unlike many who fall under the trap of the Sirens, Odysseus knew if he stayed for even a second, he would not able to return to a Ithica. He tells his men to put wax in their ears and tie him to a pole. He also tells his men to not free him regardless of the reason. Because of precautions, Odysseus safely passes through the Sirens and he becomes the only man to listen to and survive the Sirens
I am a Muslim which means I must fast in the month of Ramadan. Fasting is voluntary until the age of twelve. When I turned twelve, I fasted for the first time. You must fast from sunrise to sunset. It felt pretty easy for the first few hours. After about twelve o' clock, I felt immensely hungry. This reached a point in which I hid from everyone and attempted to eat a cracker. However, before I took a bite, I restrained myself. Thankfully, as the years passed, I overcame my hunger.
Scylla and Charybdis
Once Odysseus overcame the Sirens, he sailed into a cave. Once inside, he realized that he was in the cave of Scylla, a ferocious multi-headed creature. Determined, he continues sailing. After loosing some men, he reaches a cliff leading out of the cave. Odysseus now knows whats next. He hangs onto a branch, saving him from the falling ship. The ship falls into the mouth of Charybdis, a giant whirlpool. Odysseus manages to save some of his men, but most of his men are swallowed by Charybdis. Once Charybdis regurgitated the ship and its sailors, Odysseus escapes.
Odysseus, after losing all of his men at the island of the sun god Helios, arrives at the island of Calypso. Calypso is a goddess who loves Odysseus. However, he is not the same. Odysseus is and has always been loyal to Penelope. He longs to be with his beloved Penelope. Calypso ignores this and keeps Odysseus at her island for seven years. Unlike imprisonment, she takes complete care of him. She even makes his stay pleasurable. However, in the end, Calypso cannot convince Odysseus to forget Ithica and his family. She eventually is forced, by Athena, to give Odysseus a ship and release him
At this point, Odysseus has lost everything and shipwrecks on the island of the Phaiakains. According to Xenia, if any stranger is to enter your home, you are to hospitalize him, feed him, and give him rest before asking who the he is and why he is here. Alcinous, King of the Phaiakians, completely hospitalizes Odysseus. Once Odysseus settles down, King Alcinous has a storyteller tell stories of how the great Achilles and Odysseus fought. This make Odysseus start to weep. In response, the storyteller tells about an affair between a god and goddess. This makes Odysseus weep more. The story teller then tells about Odysseus's idea of the Trojan Horse. Odysseus bursts to tears. Now, King Alcinous finally asks Odysseus who he is and what was his journey like
People see me as a intelligent student. Therefore, they expect great things from me. However, I don't always want to be a genius. Since I am supposedly a genius, I registered for the SAT in seventh grade. Taking this high level test in seventh grade is very difficult. Once I arrived at Duke University, the building the test was being held, I felt trapped. You were not allowed to leave the room unless you are going to the restroom or are eating a snack. I wanted to be at home and have fun like any other teenager on a Saturday morning, but you can't always get what you want.
Odysseus has finally reached Ithica. He weeps with joy as he breathes the air of Ithica. He meets his son Telemachus, who doesn't believe Odysseus is is father at first. Odysseus now wants to rush to his Penelope. However, he stops himself not knowing what is in the heart of Penelope. Now, Athena appears to guide him once again. Since Odysseus does not know how to get to his Penelope, Athena disguises him as a beggar. With this he can learn all he needs to about the events taking place at his home.
Odysseus enters his home and learns that Penelope is still faithful to him and that the suitors tried to take his family from him. The suitors disrespect the mysterious beggar and throw things at him. Penelope, who has run out of time, must chose a husband. Accordingly, She sets up a challenge. Whomever can string the bow of Odysseus and shoot an arrow through all twelve ax heads will be Penelope's husband. After all of the suitors fail, Odysseus, disguised as the beggar, strings his bow and shoots through all the axes. The suitors now realizes that the beggar was Odysseus. Furious, Odysseus and Telemachus kill all of the suitors.
I am know to be a clever teenager. I often try to solve the problems of others. I also try to use this knowledge to amaze others and bring delight to the faces of other. I try my best to solve things through peace. World problems are occuring more often and many people believe I have what it takes to solve these problems peacefully. I feel as though the gods would heavily appreciate my cleverness. They might even ask for my consent on world situations. If the gods were real, I believe I would be accepted among the gods.
I biggest decision I have ever made was choosing which sport I was going to play in high school. I was good at both soccer and basketball. I couldn't choose both, so I postponed my decision. I postponed it until sixth grade. This mistake made me not nearly as good of a player as other sixth grade basketball players. Therefore, I chose soccer and I appreciate my decision. Now, I play soccer for the local clubs and I am a great player in peers' eyes.
Penelope is the wife of Odysseus and the Queen of Ithica. After her son, Telemachus, is born, Odysseus leaves for Troy. She is told by Odysseus to marry someone else if he doesn't return from Troy. However, throughout Odysseus's entire journey, Penelope stays loyal to her marriage. Although she begins to lose faith after Odysseus's mother commits suicide due to the fact that she was not able to see her son for so long, Penelope presses on, denying the proposals from the suitors. However, she eventually sets up a challenge for her hand. This challenge was one she thought was impossible for the suitors. She used it to buy time for her Odysseus to return.
My parents are the most important people to me. Without them, I would be lost in life. I would not know purpose. I would not know how to live. My parents have guided me from when I was just a baby throughout my life. They have been with me through the most difficult and painful times. They have been with me when I achieve honors. They have taken care of me. They have given me advice to prevent the mistakes that they have experienced. They are ready to help at a moment's notice. They are there for me.
When I think of the word loyal, I think of my parents. They are the only people who have tolerated me. The have never lost faith in me. They have never gave up on me. They stood by my side on those days when I was in danger. They fought for my betterment when I turned against them. Even if they were stood no chance of winning they fought for me. The day never came nor will come in which they will forsake my future. They will always be loyal to me.
I play soccer and winning for me has always been difficult. One day, I was playing soccer with a group of friends. The score was three to zero and my team was losing. I was so frustrated that I couldn't beat anybody that I sprinted down the field. As a defender jockeyed toward me, I cut around him. I simply continued going. When too many defender came after me, I passed the ball and ran around the defenders for a return pass. My teammate passed me the ball and I scored. This repeat three more times and my team won the match. However, I told myself not to get too excited, for it was not an official match
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