An Odyssey Transcending the Tangible
What defines a home? Is it the roof over one’s head, the riches it holds, or the family found within? The characters of Odyssey expound on this question: Menelaos living in a lavish palace, but having lost comrades and brother, and Odysseus, longing to return to family and fatherland, though surrounded by beauty which only the gods could procure. Neither feels at home in the place where they find themselves: both men lost since the battle of Troy. Each presides in one place, while their hearts lie in another. The grieving of Odysseus’ and Menelaos’ hearts in Homer’s Odyssey cannot be alleviated by luxury and riches alone.