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When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.
The sun shone through the window lighting the pages as I flipped throughs the the story that would change my life. The couch cushioned me as I lay. I blocked the bright sun with pillow, and sighed looking out the window wishing for the warmth of spring, as I read on the chapters grew thicker and more full of value. I had been reading the odyssey for the past month, and it was coming to an end, but I'll start this story at the beginning.
English had been interesting and a new experience since It had started in the fall so when When Fitz announced that we would be reading the odyssey it seem exiting and I was very interested in it. We begin to read and the book seemed good and full of detail and history, I was really enjoying the first few chapters, but as the day started getting colder the book started seeming more and more dull. With the story's getting deeper and the chapters getting longer I started too avoid reading the odyssey. The story's seemed not to resonate with me, and I was board. Once In a while the books seemed to get a bit exiting. Then the story's and chapters of Odysseus travels came in and relight the hole book, I started to red and annotate chapters more and more. With the help from Fitz's web site and narration from Ian Mckellen I was able to seize my excitement agin and read on. Till the story began to come to a conclusion and yet again my excitement flared down. The chapters of the set up for Odysseuss return broad me and I wanted the book to end. When I finally came to chapter twenty two I could barley stop my self from reading on. The chapter loomed over the class as we descended in to the multi purpose room. We had been told of the chapter and its glorious battle and we where all excited to read it. As we lay on the soft mat having just finished our mediation the whole class as ready for the epic conclusion. We took turns reading from the book describing the gruesome scenes of the suitors deaths. By the end of that class we all felt satisfied. The journey had been long and full of ups and downs but in the end the lessons and tales of the odyssey will last forever.
In the time that I have been reading the odyssey it has taught me many things, among them the virtues of hospitality, courage, respect and secrecy. The first lesson the odyssey taught me was that of secrecy. The ability to hide and keep secrets is a huge part of the odyssey without this ability Penelope would not be able to fool the Achaeans with her loom scheme for so long. without secrecy Odysseus would not be able to hide himself from the suitors when he arrives back home, and without this ability eurycleia would not be able to keep the secret of Odysseus return. Looking deeper into the Odyssey the idea of hospitality come to mind I encountered hospitality first in the odyssey when Telemachus invited a man of the street into his home not knowing that he could be the great god Athena. hospitality can be seen every day, but not in the same magnitude that it was in the Odyssey. In the odyssey hospitality was not only expected but demanded, and nowadays the importance of hospitality has been forgotten while fear and suspicion have taken demand. I soon noticed as the odyssey came to a conclusion all of the lesson it had taught me could be seen in many books and I try to find it in them.
With the odyssey came many trials not only in the book but also in reading the book. The odyssey was not just another school assignment but an opportunity to expand my thoughts on the idea of bravery, manhood, and commitment.
Evan though the odyssey though me many lessons the most important one that it though me was loyalty, because with out loyalty Odysseus would not succeed in is journey and I would not succeed in reading that book.
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