Modern Day Soldiers In The Odyssey

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Comparing The Odyssey to Modern Day Soldiers Many people have served or are serving in the military. Many of those people came back home a completely different person facing new problems that can mount up to be worse than standing in a battlefield. The Odyssey has showed people that these hardships are not modern. There are many instances in The Odyssey that feature a parallel or comparison to modern day soldiers’ homecoming. The changes at home, adapting back to society, and trying to rebuild past relationships are just a few of the difficulties soldiers may face after serving in the military. Odysseus faced similar hardships in The Odyssey in a less direct manner. While Odysseus’ struggles are a bit more physical rather than mental or emotional, you can see how the two compare and relate. What are some specific ways The Odyssey and everyday veterans are related? Many have trouble dealing with the changes at home and change of scenery. “Since I got home, I feel powerless,” says a 31-year-old Marine veteran. He said he did not want to be named , but this veteran was found in camouflage with an assault rifle, trying to “feel Iraq” and…show more content…
Polyphemus pleaded with his father to punish Odysseus for this. Polyphemus’ father was Poseidon, god of the sea. Throughout the Odyssey, Odysseus was on the ocean. This was particularly bad for him since he blinded the god of the seas’ son. Poseidon, obviously angered at the fact that Odysseus blinded the only eye his son had, gave Odysseus terrible trouble as he sailed. Poseidon can be likened to the literal sea so no doubt he made the sea very rough to sail over, frustrating Odysseus. Poseidon was ’haunting’ Odysseus throughout his time sailing on the ocean. This ’haunting’ can be likened to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. PTSD is a disorder that can develop after a particularly traumatic event, side effects including flashbacks, night terrors, emotional distress, and

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