I want you to read The Odyssey. The Odyssey is an epic poem that I read in 8th grade. I am writing you this letter as an 8th grade homework assignment. This is what we are doing as our final reflection of the Odyssey. I will never forget about the Odyssey and neither will you if you decide to read it. However, first you will have to decide whether you are ready to read it. I recommend reading it in your teenage years. Though when you are finished reading the Odyssey they will be your adult years because the Odyssey will mold you into a man. So when you decide to read the Odyssey, know that you are letting go of your boyhood and you have decided that its time that you become a man. My English teacher told our class before we read the Odyssey that “a truly good book needs to be read and re-read many times in a persons life, for with each new reading he or she will gain more insight and understanding into why the book was written and where its deepest power comes from”. He told us that as boys who were soon to become men, we should focus on the story of Telemachus. Telemachus is the son of King Odysseus. In the beginning of The Odyssey he starts out as a boy who really doesn’t do anything. As The Odyssey progresses, Telemachus becomes enraged that his mother is being harassed by suitors because his father is lost at sea. With the help of Athena the goddess of wisdom, Telemachus gathers the courage to help fight the suitors when his father Odysseus returns. I learned a lot from the story of Telemachus. I learned the importance of being courageous throughout scary situations. I will read the Odyssey again just like my English teacher recommended. However, next time I read it I will be thinking more the story of Odysseus because I will be around his age when I read it next. I will learn from him then. Overall, I encourage you to read The Odyssey because you will get so much out of reading it just once. If you like it, you should read it again in a few years so that you will get even more out of it. Before you read the Odyssey you must be ready to let go of your boyhood. You must be ready to become a man.