Jins Nostos - Mark Sturley JINS Illuminations 2/3/11 Nostos...

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Mark Sturley JINS Illuminations 2/3/11 Nostos The Odyssey is an Epic that has endured for more than 3000 years. In order for a story to last this long it must have timeless themes. Readers can still identify with the characters and their struggles and feel similar emotions as an aristocrat listening to the poem thousands of years ago. The theme that I felt was the most powerful and the one I connected with the most was the theme of nostos. Nostos is the Greek word for homecoming. The search for home may be the most obvious theme for Odysseus, but I believe it is a theme for many of the other characters in the story. I will look at the theme of home through the eyes of Odysseus, Penelope, and Telemachus. In the simplest terms a home is a place, a refuge. More importantly though home is a feeling that produces countless emotions. The feeling of home is different for everyone. The old adage of “home is where the heart is” definitely has some validity but it much too simplistic. To me home is a place of comfort and happiness. It is a warm combination of friends and family providing a feeling of love. But home is completely subjective; it could mean anything to anyone. What home means to me is different than what it means to Hugh Hefner, and more importantly what it means to Odysseus, Telemachus, and Penelope. The Odyssey is a story about many things, but the core of the story is about Odysseus and his struggle to get home. The book introduces Odysseus on Calypso’s island of paradise. Still even in paradise he weeps for Ithaca and for Penelope. In Observations on the Odyssey, Ian Johnston says “It's not just a matter of getting back to the charms of Penelope; it's also a matter that to remain with Calypso is to become anonymous, to lose his social identity, in effect, to
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disappear.” I disagree with Johnston’s view that Odysseus wants to return home to get back his social status. In book nine Odysseus says of both Calypso and Circe, “They never won the heart
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This note was uploaded on 07/09/2011 for the course COMM 240 taught by Professor Pluard during the Spring '11 term at Truman State.

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