The Weavings of Odysseus: A Psychological Exploration of Homer’s Odyssey
The last thing that Odysseus wants is to leave his wife and infant son to go off to a war. He is wily and feigns madness to get out of his obligation to fight for the return of the beautiful Helen of Troy to her rightful husband. But he is a man of his word and he must follow his destiny. He must heed the call and go to fight in the Trojan war. In this work, we meet Odysseus after the war. He is a hero who is trying to return home in both a literal and metaphorical sense. And yet, like all warriors, he and his crew must go through the painful process of unlearning life as a warrior and re-membering themselves so that they may each re-enter society and return to the quiet life of homesteader, father, and husband. His crew will all be lost along the way but Wily Odysseus, Godlike Odysseus will weave his way through the Greek Islands ultimately returning to Ithaka; his home, his faithful wife Penelope, and his family and ultimately a place of wholeness. Join us as we work through this journey of transformation together and explore the psychological resonances found in this remarkable epic.