The Odysseus: The Theme of Love.

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The Odysseus: The Theme of Love

There are many essential emotions that form the building blocks of our

lives. These emotions help to shape the people that we are. These feelings

are emotional necessities to ultimately keep us happy. Nothing makes these

feelings more evident than the Odyssey by Homer. Through out the course of

this book there is one major emotional theme which is love.

Often times in life we search for a companion, someone to share our love

and life with. Odysseus and Penelope's lasting relationship is an obvious

representation of love in the Odyssey. Although Odysseus is gone for twenty

years he never forgets his faithful wife in Ithaca. This love almost seems

to help him persevere through the many hardships that he encounters on his

journey home. On the other hand, Penelope also exemplifies this same kind

of love for Odysseus. At home in Ithaca, she stays loyal to Odysseus by

unraveling his shroud and delaying her marriage to the suitors that are

courting her.

She always keeps the hope that her love, Odysseus, will

return. Odysseus and Penelope's marriage clearly illustrates the theme of

love. There are also many other bonds formed in life that show great love

and guidance. One of the most emphasized in the Odyssey is the father -

son relationship. These relationships clearly support the issue of love in

the Odyssey.

The father - son relationship between Odysseus and Telemachos is a little

awkward because they both never really got to know each other but they

still care for each other's well being. When Odysseus hears of all the

suitors devouring Telemachos's future fortune and mistreating him, he wants

to return and revenge the misuse of his family and property. Odysseus,

like any parent, also misses his only...