The Original Adventure

The Odyssey is without a doubt the original adventure story.  It was written by Homer somewhere around the 8th century B.C.  It is a story about how a man named Odysseus who is traveling back home from the Trojan war has many obstacles and challenges thrown at him, but is able to prevail no matter the circumstances.

What I find so interesting about this story is that it is more than just an adventure story.  It has many genres intertwined throughout the whole story, such as romance, and family.  Odysseus’s main goal is to get back home to his wife, but at every turn runs into a problem he must deal with.

He has a run in with Circe the witch, Calypso the nymph, and he even has a few run ins with the gods, like Zeus, Poseidon, Athena, and many other monsters or obstacles.  Probably the most difficult challenge he faces is to not lose his determination to get home.  Even though it never really says in the story that he just wants to give up and quit trying to get home, most people would have lost that determination after the first or second peril.

Odysseus is the embodiment of determination and perseverance and that is what makes this story so enjoyable, because people all look up to someone whether that person is fictional or not.

Greek Mythology has some of the most versatile stories in the world.  There are so many interpretations of some stories and have influenced many other stories throughout time.

Slow and Steady

Most people know the story of The Tortoise and the Hare, but what they don’t always know the complete message the story is trying to tell.  In fact there are many more lessons to be learned from this classic tale.

The story starts off with the hare always bragging about how fast he is and how no one is faster than he is.  To make it even worse the hare would always pick on the tortoise, because of how slow he was.  Finally, one day the tortoise had decided that he had had enough of the hare’s teasing and challenged him to a race.  Thinking he had this in the bag the hare jokingly accepts the challenge and when the race starts the hare races way ahead of the tortoise until he he can’t see the tortoise anymore.  Since he was so far ahead and thought there would be no way the tortoise could catch up he decides to take a nap.

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After the nap he wakes up only to see that the tortoise is about to cross the finish line and is in disbelief that he had overslept.  Panicking the hare races as fast as he can to try to beat the tortoise, but to no prevail, the tortoise had already crossed the finish line.

The main lesson that people take away from this story is slow and steady wins the race which is the main point of the story, but there are other lessons to be learned as well, such as modesty and to always be kind to everyone you meet.

This simple story is able to convey very important lessons everyone should learn in such a simple and very comprehensible fashion.

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