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2nd paper redo 3 - 1 Caffrey Francis November 6 2010 Dr...

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1 Caffrey Francis November 6, 2010 Dr. Mcquillan T/Th- 4:30-5:45 Odysseus’s and Oedipus Self-Knowledge Self- knowledge is an understanding of a person’s true self. For a person to acquire self- knowledge, he or she must completely understand his or her own nature and abilities. For instance, in The Odyssey Homer portrays Odysseus as a man who knows himself well and lets his self-knowledge help him through his journey home. This is unlike Sophocles 1 , where Sophocles portrays Oedipus as a man who thought he knew himself but had to experience the painful truth of realizing his former conception of himself was wrong. Odysseus is a man who knows himself well. His self- knowledge is based on his dedication, determination, and perseverance. Odysseus shows this through his journey back to his homeland and obtaining his kingdom once again. He continuously risks his life trying to get home, but his self-knowledge helps him to overcome Poseidon’s attack on his raft and having to attack the suitors who are trying to marry his wife. Although he knows himself well, Odysseus will be at risk if Poseidon and the suitors recognize him. Odysseus knows his journey back home will involve risking his life if other people, such as Poseidon and the suitors, spot him. However, he knows his self-knowledge will help him overcome the hardships he will face. As Odysseus sails towards the island Scheria, Odysseus’s true self immediately gets him in trouble when Poseidon spots him. Since Poseidon hates
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