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Essay | Experience Over Youth

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Experience Over Youth

Summary: In Homer's The Odyssey, Odysseus is repeatedly an example of experience over youth. This lesson is around even today, as children and teenagers believe that they can outwit anyone, even their elders. A personal example shows how such thinking can result in a mess and why experience is better than youth.
Experience Over Youth

One of the main lessons that Odysseus teaches both to characters in the Odyssey, and to the readers is that it is better to have had experience, than to have your youth. An example of this is when Odysseus first comes to Ithika as a vagabond claiming to have seen Odysseus himself, and Penelope is eager to see him; "Have you not brought him? Why? What is he thinking? / Has he some fear of overstepping? Shy/ about these inner rooms? A hangdog beggar? ... No/ he reasons as another might, and well/ not to tempt any swordplay from these drunkards./ Be patient, wait-he says-till darkness falls./ And, O my queen, for you too that is better:/ better to be alone with him, and question him,/ and hear him out."(XVII.757-764). In Penelope's eagerness to see him, she forgot of all the dangers of this...

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