Odysseus Perseverance

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“Great heroes need great sorrows and burdens, or half their greatness goes unnoticed,” said Peter S. Beagle (“The Last Unicorn Quotes”). Every hero experiences sorrows and burdens, no matter how invisible they may seem. King Odysseus of Ithaca fought in the Trojan War for ten years. After the war ended, Odysseus went on a long journey where he encountered many obstacles. He did not return home for another ten years; he was away from his wife and son for a total of twenty years. Just as Odysseus was a hero to the people of Ithaca so was President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to the people of the United States. President FDR, as he is commonly known, was the 32nd president of the United States. FDR helped our country out of the Great Depression and through most of World War II. Roosevelt died 4 months before the war ended.…show more content…
Both Odysseus and FDR show perseverance. Franklin D. Roosevelt shows perseverance when he was told he had been diagnosed with polio in 1921 (“Franklin D. Roosevelt”). When he finds this out he does not except the fact. President Roosevelt tries everything to regain the use of his legs but fails. After he tries and fails he decides to continue running for office (“Franklin D. Roosevelt”). This pays off, because in 1933, he became the president. “When you get to the end of your rope. Tie a knot and hang on.” Roosevelt said this on June 5, 1977 while he was quoting the Kansas City Star. FDR lives out this quote his entire life. Odysseus also perseveres throughout The Odyssey. King Odysseus shows perseverance when he encounters all of the obstacles and deaths to his crew. The king has to choose between sacrificing six crew members so the rest can survive or kill the whole ship in Charybdis; when he and his mates come across Scylla and Charybdis. He perseveres when his six men die to save the others in the ship including himself. Both of these heroes persevere through both of their

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