The Odyssey Part One Written Work

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The Odyssey Part One Written Work
Joseph Fitzpatrick
October 11, 2018
A theme of The Odyssey’s The Book of the Dead is legacy and ancestry and what a person leaves
for the world and future generations, such as their family, reputation or contributions, and how it
influences their current life or journey. This theme also runs throughout the entire poem there is an
exploration of how generations affect each other and how Odysseus’s journey, or odyssey, may impact
his legacy and ancestry.
As The Book of the Dead opens Odysseus is sending “invocations to the communities of the
dead” to engage with past generations to discuss legacy and ancestry. Elepnor, a deceased crewmate
who died from a drunken fall, asks Odysseus to pass on his tale “so that men yet unborn may learn my
story” indicating that he wanted Odysseus to pass on his reputation to others so they would learn from
this “unlucky man.” Odysseus assures him that “nothing shall be forgotten” essentially affirming he will
help preserve Elepnor’s legacy again showcasing how the theme of legacy is evident. Similarly,
throughout the poem, Odysseus is trying to preserve his legacy by getting back to Ithica.
Another example of the legacy theme is in The Book of the Dead Odysseus exchanges with his
mother, this time it is not the passing on of another’s legacy, as he does with his crewmate Elepnor, but
Odysseus is reflecting on his own legacy and ancestry. He meets a ghost of his mother, and he asks her “
tell me of my father and son I have left behind,” and also inquires about his wife. This inquiry about his
family and ties to his ancestry carries throughout the poem, in the Calypso Odysseus is described as
“ebbing away in tears he shed for his lost home” noting to us the importance of his quest to preserve his
ancestral legacy.
The theme of legacy appears again in interactions with in The Book of Dead with Achilles.
Odysseus views Achilles’ legacy as everlasting he calls out to him “Achilles, [you] are the most fortunate
man that was ever was or will be!”. He celebrates the everlasting legacy of Achilles noting that because
of Achilles’ accomplishments he has “great power among the dead” and should “grieve at your death.”
The interaction between Odysseus and Achilles is legacy contributing to someone having an everlasting
and can contribute to them being in a way immortal—forever remembered both in death and after.
The Book of the Dead and The Odyssey overall looks at how legacy and ancestry is
communicated between generations and informs one’s journey through life. These themes are
expressed in the narrative of the Book of the Dead with Odysseus’s interactions with the dead who all
talk about a form of legacy. Odysseus helps to carry another man’s legacy, journeys to cement his own
and celebrates the legacy of others. In the poem overall it is reflected in Odysseus’s desire to unite with
his family to preserve his family legacy. The poem teaches that the greatest thing a man can do is leave a
legacy. Whether that be starting a family, winning a war, or falling off a roof a person’s legacy is the
most important thing they can have.
Math Autobiography
Joseph Fitzpatrick
Week 6, Day 4
My math journey began with learning math in my home—my parents provided everyday math
lessons while I was playing or doing stuff. For example I remember my dad would always have me count
the steps to our apartment or my mom would have me count the blocks on the way to pre-school. I also
began to get the foundation of multiplication through games and block building—as I would build, my
parents would prompt me to think how my buildings where math problems.
As I began in kindergarten I took the lessons that I learned inside my home and put them to
paper. I completed worksheets, workbooks, and drills. This gave me a firm foundation in the basics of
mathematics. In 8th Grade I moved to a homeschool cooperative where I had my math lessons from my
parents and a tutor. Some of my best learning came from the tutor, the best lessons I had was when the
teacher would have me learn a lesson by writing it out the problem. If there was a hard algebra
problem I would write out the entire problem, solving each step in the problem line by line. This would
help because I work best when I write things out and really see the problem unflold before my eyes. I
also enjoyed how the teacher, when I was confused with a problem, wouldn’t just move on to the next
topic we would keep practicing the topic until I fully understood and we would only shift to the next
topic or lesson when completed.
In my view Math class is good when the class is applicable to real-life. For example, I once had a
math lesson on compounding and the example that was utilized was growing interest in a bank account-seeing the real-world application of math helped me to understand the fundamentals. Another thing
that makes a math class good is when you can add an element of entertainment such as playing games.
In 7th grade my class played a game where when you had to get one number using 5 numbers and those
numbers were decided with dice. From that game I learned how to effectively use numbers to multiple
and divide.
That’s has been my math life to date—it began at my home where my parents showed me math
in day to day life. I then took that foundation into the classroom where I built a wealth of knowledge
through practice and drills. I then became engaged in math by writing it out, looking for real-world
applications and playing games. I am looking forward to now continue to delve into higher applications
in my high school classes and to also continue ways to make it engaging and applicable to my real-life.
World History
China Trade debate: Should the US take impose greater trade sanctions on China?
Joseph Fitzpatrick
10/15/2018
(1) How is china using its biggest resource labor?
-Everything you know about China’s wage is wrong they could work for cheaper that is ony
part they
-Even if they had the same wages as us they would still be beating up
-For one China’s factory are bigger and better than US factories they can have many more
workers
-One factory can hold up to 3,000 people
-There is this misconception that they have unskilled workers
-China is better at finding engineers, designers and robots
-Most factory work done in China is not done by people it is done by automation it is done
by robots.
-For example the iphone never uses any automation
-No its not just labor China is better at making things
(2) Look at Xijingping one belt one road plan.
-China doesn’t actually
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