98 pages 3 hours read

Bernard Evslin

The Adventures of Ulysses

Fiction | Novel | YA | Published in 1969

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Reading Context

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Short Answer

1. What is the difference between a symbol and an allegory? Can you give examples of these devices from sources you have read, watched, or listened to?

Teaching Suggestion: The Adventures of Ulysses contains examples of both symbolism and allegory. An understanding of these techniques is important to comprehension of the text beyond its surface-level adventure story. The intent of this question is to evaluate students’ prior knowledge and the degree to which they are struggling to differentiate between these two devices, if at all. Once you are satisfied that students understand the basic definitions of these terms, you might ask them to explain the relationship between the two techniques: Are all symbols allegorical? Are all allegories symbolic?

2. In ancient Greek literature, even great heroes have flaws that they must overcome.