Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.
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~ Mark Twain
Being loyal to somebody is a sign of love and friendship. In the book, The Odyssey, by Homer, Loyalty is a big theme and is an meaningful theme. One example of loyalty in the Odyssey is Penelope wife of Odysseus, has been waiting for him for 20 years and stays loyal to him and doesn’t decide to find a new husband. In Homer's epic poem, The Odyssey, friends and family of Odysseus show great loyalty to him. The loyalty can be seen through the commitment Penelope, faith of Odysseus' servants, and his dog, Argos', patience. The most loyal was Penelope. As his faithful wife, she waited twenty years for him to come.
“Eurycleia's loyalty to Odysseus household is seen in her love for Telemachus, whom she treats like her own son.
[The Odyssey, Book 2]
In The Odyssey Loyalty is defined in the Webster's dictionary as faithfulness or devotion to a person, a cause or a duty. Through this definition, it can be expressed that loyalty is a major theme in Homer's epic.The theme loyalty is great one in the Odyssey. It so fascinating that Penelope chooses to stay with stay by odysseus even though he has been gone for twenty years. It really takes a lot of loyalty to believe that your husband that has been gone for twenty years and still stay and not find another man. In the Odyssey loyalty is used so well and is presented in the best ways.
“In the cherry blossom's shade there's no such thing as a stranger.”
― Kobayashi Issa
Hospitality is an ocurrying thing in everyday life. In the book, The Odyssey, by Homer, Hospitality is brought to new life as character upon characters are welcomed by feasts and gatherings. Hospitality is a great theme in the Odyssey and is an important one. Without kindness in the world we as humans would not be able to survive. In the book the Odyssey the theme hospitality is brought to new life. In this scene Nestor’s son Pisistratus is welcoming the guests and seating them down at a feast and having the stranger dine with them.
“He gave them a share of innards, poured some wine in a golden cup and, Lifting it warmly toward Athena, Daughter of Zeus whose shield is storm and thunder, Greeted the goddess now with invitation”
[The Odyssey book 3 line 45-48]
Like I have said before the theme Xenia (hospitality) is a major theme in the book Odyssey. There are so many examples in every book that can show Xenia. To me the theme Xenia means a lot to me because it is a way in life and is used so beautifully in the Odyssey. Every time I see a quote or an example in the Odyssey it is used with so much detail and feels like they are trying to say something. I think that it is an essential part of what the Odyssey is all about. Without the Xenia in the Odyssey to me it would be dull. It is a major piece to the puzzle in the book.
The Odyssey is a must read for everyone especcialy if you are into greek mythology. I am only into book two but so far it is one of most interesting books I have read so far. It is filled with so much detail from start to finish. I am personally in love with this book when I pick it up. I just cant stop reading it. I hope that you all will check it out and read a little bit of it. If you want to listen to it for a sample you can go to this website. http://johnfitz.com/Fitz/Book_I.html. If that url does not work just go to johnfitz.com and you can find it there.