The Connection between Modern Day Navy Veterans and ‘The Odyssey.’
There is an ostensible association between the events taking place in ‘The Odyssey’ and the experience gained by modern day Navy veterans. First, the Navy operates on and in water, which is not their instinctive locale. The journey while working on the water is long. Therefore, patience is a key player in this type of experience. On the other hand, patience is an essential virtue Odysseus of ‘The Odyssey’ would need to go through the challenges that faced him including wistfulness successfully. For instance, he was offered an exceptional gift by Calypso (immortality) which was very tempting (Homer 372), but he rejected it because all he wanted was to see his home and wife. He was impatient. Therefore, with several other instances, it is professed that the experiences Odysseus gained in his journey are customarily similar to those achieved by modern day Navy veterans. This article will create this connection by discussing the events taking place in ‘The Odyssey’ and an experience shared by a modern day veteran, Mr. Tiedeman, through an exclusive interview.
Fortitude is the central correspondence between ‘The Odyssey’ and the modern day Navy veterans. As Mr. Tiedeman narrates during the interview, it requires one to be patient when he or she operates in and on the water. He says, “… physically, mentally, emotionally, it’s rough.” As well, it is clear that the Navy takes an extended period operating in and on the water and, therefore, it requires one to endure in the environment as described by Tiedeman. During the interview, he also mentioned patience as a fundamental virtue when one is a Navy. “Patience is all you require…” he responded to one of the students who investigated from him on how the Navy could endure the extended period in and on the water. Indeed, an individual can suffer from depression if he or she operates in a “rough” environment, especially when away from his or her home and family. Fundamentally, the Navy can serve a mission of safeguarding the borders, which takes them a long time before seeing their relatives. On top of that, the Navy also endures a lot of challenges including real life threats, for example, working at the malaria endemic African coast.
On the other hand, the necessity of fortitude is apparent in ‘The Odyssey,’ especially when it comes to Odysseus. In particular, ‘The Odyssey’ depicts the challenges one faces when returning from war. However, it could be an excellent idea to analyze the challenges Odysseus faced during the war so that they are compared with the ones Mr. Tiedeman suffered. With that, the comparison after the war will take a constructive angle, that is, what one positively learns after returning from war. During the war, Odysseus was mainly confronted with reminiscence. Therefore, Odysseus was commonly referred to as the Son of Pain because of the pain he underwent during the war (Homer 387). At some instance, Odysseus rejected Calypso’s immortality gift because he was more patient for the affection for his wife and home. However, in spite of his impatience, he emerged a hero after the war.
In conclusion, individuals do not only get affected after returning from war, but they also gain some valuable experiences. After the war, individuals can have post-traumatic disorders and physical damages, but they also learn to be patient. Both Mr. Tiedeman and Odysseus learned to be patient after returning from war. During the war, they could inevitably hold on their affection for their relatives and homes hence great patience. Overall, patience is a positive virtue everyone needs in life. Therefore, it is imperative to as well concentrate on the valuable experiences individuals gain after returning from war.
Homer., m. The Odyssey Of Homer. 1st ed. New York: Harper & Row. Print.
Interview With Mr.Tiedeman. 2017. Audio Recording.