The Odyssey – The Trojan War and Poseidon’s Anger

Today is dedicated to another introductory segment of the Epic Poem “The Odyssey”.  

Today’s section is 13:33 to 25:50.  We will analyze the following parts in class via zoom:

  • The Trojan war and the Death of Hector (13:35).
  • A look at what’s going on in Ithaca (16:51).
  • No surrender – we can TRICK them with the Trojan Horse (18:10).
  • The plan works – Attack! (23:19).
  • Odysseus arrogance / pride enrages Poseidon! (25:00)

There are many messages inherent in “The Odyssey”, and they are introduced early.  Odysseus, using his intellect, created a strategy for winning a 10 year long war.  Conversely, he lets his ego run rampant and takes all the credit, stating that he needs no one, including the Gods.  This concept repeats during the story.  Think about this aspect of the Human Condition.

Start at 13:33 and go to 25:50:

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The Odyssey | Adventure Fantasy | PART 1

There isn’t any written work for the rest of the week.  We wil watch and analyze the first part of the movie “The Odyssey”.  It was made in the mid 1990’s, and was originally a movie made for television.

Today we’ll see how they created some of the sections that set the stage for the journey.

  • Telemachus’ (Odysseus’s son) birth.
  • Odysseus getting forced into the army.
  • The voyage to Troy begins.
  • Athena’s presence.
  • Introduction of the main characters.

We will get to the 13:33 mark today.

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‘The Odyssey: Midterm Assessment

For this exam you’ll have the double period to complete it.  When you’re done you’ll have written 3 detailed, thoughtful, high school appropriate paragraphs.

For each of the 3 pieces of literature, read and answer the question with a well written, detailed, developed and thoughtful paragraph.

  1. Epic Poetry: “The Lotus Eaters”: Please explain what happened when Odysseus and his crew landed on the Island of the Lotus Eaters.  What do those people do all day?  What happened to the crewmembers who went to explore?  What modern day parallel is there to the Island of the Lotus eaters?

 2. Poetry: “Calypso”, by Suzanne Vega: After reading the poem, cite 2 or more phrases / lines / words that connect to the part of the story with Calypso we read and saw in class, as well as how they connect.  Explain some of the emotions, or the tone of the poem.

  3. Nonfiction: “Troy: It casts a Spell”: Explain the process that Heinrich Schliemann used to search for, discover, and excavate the city of Troy.  Do you think he found it? Explain.

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A Preview of Odysseus’ Journey

Exploring major literary Themes.

The Trojan War has ended. Now it’s time for the trip home. (Here is an interactive map of the Journey).

Because he figured out how to defeat the Trojans, Odysseus is seen as a Hero. In literature, he is an example of a hero from classical times, talked about throughout the ages.

This is one of the major things to discuss throughout the story – the concept of a hero.

Please watch the preview of ‘The Odyssey’, so you’ll have an idea of what is to come. Then, answer this one question (10 points):

  • What is a ‘hero’? How would you describe or define a hero in your own words?

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The Trojan War – A Short Look

Thematic analysis of the Homeric Epic.

The first part of this Epic is the 10 year long Trojan War. Odysseus was the hero of the Trojan War. He had the brilliant idea to trick the Trojans with the gigantic horse – a “gift” that was really a way to get into the city. The whole story is called “The Iliiad”.

The Trojan Horse trick ended the war. Odysseus was celebrated for using his intellect to end the war. They’d tried to get into the city for 10 years and failed. After their victory, Odysseus spends years trying to get home. That journey is “The Odyssey”.

Please watch the following video, and answer these 2 short questions (20 points):

  1. How did the war begin – what was it based on?
  2. How did it end? Describe the trick that enabled the Greeks to get into the city.

The Gates of Troy