Letter to Zeus by Molly

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President, Epic Hero Hall of Fame Mount Olympus, Greece

Dear Great and Honorable Lord Zeus,

I am overjoyed to be recommending Captain Ulysses, of The Troy Crusher, for the Epic Hero Hall of Fame. I have just finished reading The Adventures of Ulysses, as a sixth grade student of W.S Parker Middle School. Ulysses impressed me, and proved to me that he is worthy of the honor of being inducted into the Epic Hero Hall of Fame. I’m sure O Great and Honorable Lord Zeus And His Formidable Council of Gods can be trusted to make the right decision, which of course is to induct Ulysses into the Epic Hero Hall of Fame. By surviving a long and perilous journey, showing strength and confidence in his super human abilities, and over coming the toughest obstacles man has only dreamed of, I give you… Ulysses!!

First of the events that brought him here is surviving a long and perilous journey! Captain Ulysses sailed for ten years, spending almost the entire time hopping between the frying pan and the fire. He watched his whole crew vaporized, sailed through Scylla and Charybdis twice, and walked through the land of the dead and back again before returning to his beloved Ithaca and his wife Penelope. Maybe this alone does not qualify him for the Epic Hero Hall of Fame, but the next one definitely does.

Captain Ulysses has shown many qualities, the least of them being his super human abilities. He has amazing strength, proving it by dangling from a clump of lichen for hours while waiting for Charybdis to spit his raft back out. He is an expert with a bow, being the only mortal with enough ability to shoot an arrow through all twelve axe rings. He has extraordinary courage, shown when he sailed into the Underworld to receive advice from a long-dead sage. These might not prove that Ulysses is worthy of the honor, and they might not even prove it together, but I think this next one and these two combined certainly will.

Last of the things that have brought Ulysses in front of you today is overcoming obstacles easily. Ulysses has done this throughout his entire journey. One of the first obstacles he overcame was running out of food. To solve this, he landed on an island called Cyclops Island. He and his crew searched for food, but instead found a cave. Luckily, inside the cave was lots of food. They feasted, for it seemed like no one was there. Suddenly, the cave door closed and a Cyclops named Polyphemus stepped out and tried to eat Ulysses crew! Ulysses tricked him into drink unwatered wine, which made him drunk. Soon, Polyphemus was asleep. Ulysses stabbed him in the eye, blinding him, then made his escape.

Now, I know some of you gods *ahem, Poseidon* are not too keen on Ulysses being inducted into the Epic Hero Hall of Fame. However, you trying to avenge your son’s blinding has made Ulysses an even greater epic hero. Sometimes, I think you immortals just need to forgive. Polyphemus isn’t dead. Be grateful for that. Okay, let’s reconsider the facts that make Ulysses worthy of the Epic Hero Hall of Fame. Ulysses has clearly proved that he is an epic hero by surviving a long and perilous journey, showing strength and courage in his superhuman qualities, and overcoming obstacles easily. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Molly

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