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A Modern "Lotus Fruit"?Is there a modern thing that is like the lotus fruit in...

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justdance250 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 16, 2008 at 5:39 PM via web

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A Modern "Lotus Fruit"?

Is there a modern thing that is like the lotus fruit in "The Odyssey"?

 

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spottedslinky | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted November 26, 2008 at 12:52 PM (Answer #2)

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I love the way you asked this question, mainly because "modern" is always relative to the time in which you are living. That's the beauty of the image of the lotus fruit, for each age has its escape mechanisms. TV? Ever just want to zone out and forget, about homework, chores, problems at home or with friends? You may be choosing the lotus fruit over the harder path that will bring you success or understanding. Odysseus was able to resist the lotus fruit, among other temptations. Some kids choose drugs. But those that resist usually find a more satisfying "trip home," as Odysseus might say.

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