Arduous Journeys And Why We Embark On Them


People undertake arduous journeys because of curiosity or for the well being of themselves and others.

Point One

People undertake arduous journeys because of curiosity.

Evidence One

In The Cruelest Journey: 600 Miles to Timbuktu, Kira Salak embarks on a journey to sail 600 miles down the Niger river. On page 423, lines 67-71, Kira states that "If a journey doesn't have something to teach you about yourself, then what kind of journey is it? There is one thing I'm already certain of: Though we may think we choose our journeys, they choose us." This is important because Kira believes that a journey teaches you something about yourself, in which case she was curious to find out what this journey would teach her.

Evidence Two

In The Real Reasons We Explore Space, Michael Griffin explains why Americans would be disappointed if we shut down our space program and the reasons why we explore space. On page 434, in lines 42-42, Michael states "A second reason is curiosity. Who among us has not had the urge to know what;s over the next hill? What child has not been drawn to explore beyond the familiar streets of the neighborhood?" This is significant because he is saying that we explore space and go on these arduous journeys out into space simply because we are curious. Everybody wants to know what is out there, and so we go out there and make an attempt to find out.

Point Two

People also take arduous journeys for the well being of others and themselves.

Evidence One

In The Odyssey, Odysseus sails out for Troy to fight a ten year long war. He did this for his home city of Ithaca, and for his family. Odysseus risked his life for the safety and protection of his city and family.

Evidence Two

In The Odyssey, Odysseus embarks on yet another journey in an attempt to go home to Ithaca. At this point in the epic, Odysseus has been wandering around for years with his crew fighting giant beasts and trying to get home. Odysseus is trying to get home safely along with his crew. Odysseus went on this journey for the well being of his crew and himself. Odysseus does everything he can to get home after years of being stranded at sea. Although he did end up losing his crew, he also risked his life for theirs by, for example, going to the Cyclopes island first so his crew doesn't get killed and only he would if things went bad.

Works Cited

Griffin, Michael. “The Real Reasons We Explore Space.” Collections: Grade 9. Ed. Kylene Beers, et al. Orlando: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017. 433-436. Print.

Homer. Odyssey. Trans. Robert Fitzgerald. Collections: Grade 9. Ed. Kylene Beers, et al. Orlando: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017. 371-416. Print.

Salak, Kira. "The Cruelest Journey: 600 Miles to Timbuktu." Collections: Grade 9. Ed, Kylene Beers, et al. Orlando: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017. 421-428. Print.


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