The Odyssey is the story of Americans up to the point where they are well-established, and even so it is detached from the historical side.
All societies are historical.
All confessions are Odysseys.
One can easily classify all works of fiction either as descendants of the Iliad or of the Odyssey.
There have been only rare moments in history where individual histories were able to run their course without wars or revolutions.
We have gotten away from this double aspect of either putting the character back into historical events or of making a historical event of his very life.
The Odyssey is the story of someone who, in the course of diverse experiences, acquires a personality or affirms and recovers his personality.
Many novelists take well-defined, precise characters, whose stories are sometimes of mediocre interest, and place them in an important historical context, which remains secondary in spite of everything.
Religions tend to disappear with man’s good fortune.
Ulysses finds himself unchanged, aside from his experience, at the end of his odyssey.