Marcus and I have been reading parts of The Odyssey for his online English class which focuses on themes and symbols this year. I thought it’d be fun to list some of the lessons we are learning from the main characters. With Marcus’ help and in no particular order of importance (from books 1-4 & 9-10):
- Pride can be a costly weakness.
- It’s good carma to be a good host.
- Never eat a Lotus flower.
- Always stay loyal to your spouse.
- Never insult a cyclops by stabbing him in the eye and them telling him your name as you are trying to escape to sea!
- Poseidon is not someone you want as an enemy, especially if you are traveling by sea.
- Only expect the god of winds to help you once.
- If someone shows up out of the blue to offer you aid, it could be divine intervention, and might in fact be your great grandfather.
- Heros aren’t perfect and in fact, like all of us, can make stupid mistakes.
- Be aware of what is offered to you and don’t try drugs!
♥ I’m sure we’ll find more lessons as we continue. If you’d like to add another lesson to our list, feel free! ♥