Comparing Odysseus and Jacob Throughout literature there are characters that compare to each other. In the poems of the Odyssey by Homer and Genesis of the Holy Bible the central characters are associated. In each work they relate their character, lifestyle, and way of life throughout the poem. Odysseus the main character of the Odyssey and Jacob the main character of Genesis are compared toward one another. Odysseus and Jacob are related through relationships between Rachel and Penelope, God and Athena, and their journey throughout life.
Odysseus and Jacob are first compared to their relationship with their wives. Odysseus loves Penelope with all his heart and does everything to get to her. Penelope is the one who keeps Odysseus strong. Even though the goddess of Calypso offered him immortality as a god, Odysseus refused to accept the offer because his love towards Penelope was everlasting. He felt the only way to live a human life was to live it through and die.
Dieing was an event in every human's life that the gods honored and were jealous about. He wanted to live and die with Penelope his only love. He traveled long journeys in order to see her once again.
As compared to Odysseus, Jacob who is married with two wives is mainly in love with Rachel his second wife. In order to marry Rachel the eldest daughter Leah had to be wedded first so their father Laban ordered Jacob to marry Leah. Jacob struggled 14 years waiting to be with Rachel. He had to spend seven years as a bondservant in Laban's house without wage to marry Leah and another seven years for Rachel. This wait shows us how Jacob gave his all to be with Rachel. He struggled for years and years just to be in love...