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Reader’s Journal: Ghosts and Monsters

April 8, 2013

#1 Brief summary of the chapter

1. Odysseus and his solders went to the island of death.

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(My personal island of death: A math teacher conference)

Odysseus met Tiresias and learned the way they needed to go. Also, Odysseus learned his and his army’s fortune.

Odysseus went back to Circe and got more information about their journey.

Odysseus passed by the Siren’s voice by letting his army tie him so tight  that he couldn’t move when we wanted to go and hear the Siren’s song.

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Odysseus passed through the dark sea, however, some of the solders died. But some had to die for the others to live.

Odysseus and his army arrived on the sun god’s cattle. His army ate one of the cows and angered the gods.

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Zeus punished the army. Only Odysseus got to live.

#2 Some other interesting points:

1: From this chapter, I discovered two more  of Odysseus’ important virtues. First, he is firm and persistent. When he and his army were trying to pass Siren’s voice, he even let his army tie him tightly and pull heavily on the ropes to keep him down. He didn’t care about pain and craziness; he just wanted to save his army and himself. Also, he showed arbitrariness when they were trying to cross the dark sea. Though he really wanted to let all people live, he still need to make a decision, so he let some of the soldiers die, but only because then more would survive. He was really great.

2: I keep wondering about the power that Odysseus really had. As I wrote about in the last chapter, the soldiers had already disobeyed Odysseus’s order one time, and how can they do that again? I think this is really doubtful. I guess the king at that time might not have had so much power. They may be like the king in England now. The king may be the top of the country, but they don’t really own much power. In ancient China, the king was the highest and the most powerful person in the country. No one could disobey his order, or else they would die. So the story in this chapter seemed confusing to me again. I hope I can know more about the policy in ancient Greece.

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