Abraham And Odysseus The Journeys Begin Essay

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Abraham And Odysseus The Journeys Begin Essay, Research Paper Abraham and Odysseus are two men of two different eras, yet they both have a common goal. This common goal which links the two men together is to get to their ultimate destination; whether it is Odysseus journey to his native land or Abraham’s journey to the land God promised him. On the way both suffer hardships on their own accounts; whether it was Odysseus arrogance to his gods or Abraham’s defiance to God’s will. After they both have struggled on their journey and faced much tribulation, they both come to face with the error of their ways and in the end after learning a few important lessons they succeed in their goal. Odysseus, king of Ithaca has been away many years from the land he loves, the wife he

cares for, and the son he never knew (Homer 2). Meanwhile back at Odysseus estate, men who would call themselves heroes, noblemen, and even friends of Odysseus wreak havoc upon his estate and household. Telemachus, neither yet a man nor quite being a boy, tries as he might to begot the evil men, but Telemachus tries so in vein. Telemachus is at his wits end when a mysterious stranger arrives at his gate: he then invites his guest in. At this time guests were treated and greeted as if they were a god no matter what their physical appearance may be, for gods would often dress as beggars and seek refuge at ones home in order to test them (Homer 3). Little does Telemachus know that at this point a new chapter in his life is about to unfold before his eyes. Little also does this

humble man Abraham know what God has in plan for him, that God will make him the father of a great nation. This stranger unknown to Telemachus is really the goddess Minerva; she has come to this child of Odysseus with information that will set him upon his own journey. After Telemachus and the stranger to his household have eaten, she gives him information that is needed to set him down his own path. The information this visitor has given Telemachus confirms what he has believed: that his father Odysseus is still alive. “But now the the storm-winds have spirited him away we know not whither” (Homer 5). Not far off in the past, we have our friend Abraham who has just received a message from God telling him to leave his native land for the land of Canaan. The land of Canaan is

the land that God promised to Abraham and where he would have his great nation of descendants born. Abraham leaves with his wife Sarah and on the way to the land God promised them they travel through the great land of Egypt. Abraham knowing that his wife is quite lovely asks her to pose as his sister. Abraham believing that they would kill him in order to have his wife. The Pharaoh of Egypt seeing that she is fair and thinking that she is Abraham’s sister begets her as his wife. After many plagues upon his household and finding out who she really is, the angry Pharaoh sends them on their way out of Egypt. This is similar to how Minerva appeared to Telemachus and set him on his own journey. At first Telemachus doubts what this stranger has to say, but after she is finished he is

now more than ever convinced that his father is still alive. Abraham also at first doubts what God has to say, but in the end he believes him and rejoices. After the stranger leaves Telemachus warns the suitors that his father, the great warrior Odysseus, is coming and will punish them for their evil deeds (Homer 8). He warns them, yet none pay this man-child’s words any heed. Although Telemachus tried himself to throw the evil suitors out he failed every time. The question that arises from these incidents is whether Telemachus is a man or a coward. Telemachus, having grown up without a father to guide him through his years of boyhood, was never really given the chance to grow up to be a man. None the less, he tries to throw out the suitors and set himself on the right path