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The Odyssey

by Homer

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Write a paragraph for a travel section that describes the vacation a person might have if he or she visited the islands that Odysseus and his crew travel to in the Odyssey

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Islands Odysseus and his crew visit include the island of the Lotus Eaters, the island of Polyphemus, and Aeaea, Circe's home. A vacationer would have a wide variety of experiences traveling to these different islands, but all are dangerous in their own ways. You might write something like the following.

On the island of the Lotus Eaters, the vacationer experiences an extremely relaxed and escapist vacation. Native islanders greet the newcomer with the lotus flower. Eating it puts the vacationer into a drugged state. Life on this island is so delightful, and the rest of your world so forgotten, that the visitor is in danger of never wanting to leave. It is highly advised if you decide to vacation on this island to have someone to come and drag you out of this delightful dreamworld at a set time.

Polyphemus's island offers the opposite kind of danger and excitement. Though now blinded, Polyphemus delights in tricking humans and penning them up for his meals. You have a chance of surviving, since Odysseus took out Polyphemus's one eye, but this is a high-stakes, high-risk adventure that will test your courage and ingenuity. As for the island itself, it is flat, wooded, and filled with goats. It is a primitive place without harbors, agriculture, or most other signs of civilization, so you will be on your own during this survival adventure.

Circe's island has a fine, navigable harbor and rocky high points from which you can see the wooded island laid out below. This is another high-risk vacation spot, as the enchantress Circe has the ability to use her magic to turn you into a pig. If you do take on this island adventure, be sure you send somebody along who can negotiate with Circe for your release back to human form. On the other hand, there is no better place to get a full understanding of what it is like to be an animal. For this reason, it is recommended for animal rights activists and animal lovers in general.

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