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How might the effect of Odysseus's tale on the Phaeacians call into question the truthfulness of Odysseus's story?

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lsumner | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted May 26, 2013 at 12:52 AM (Answer #1)

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In The Odyssey, the main character Odysseus suffers for ten long years while trying to get home to his beloved wife Penelope and his dear son Telemachus. After being blown off course, Odysseus and his men land at the Lotus-Eaters land. After his men become addicted to the lotus plant, Odysseus had to drag his men to the ship to try and get home. 

Next, Odysseus and his men fight the Cicone men. When the Cicone men retaliate, Odysseus loses several of his men. 

Then Odysseus and his men face the one-eyed Cyclops. Again, Odysseus loses several men to the Cyclops.

Later, Odysseus faces Circe and she turns his men into animals. Odysseus has to sleep with her and betray his wife in order for Circe to turn his men from animals.

Finally, Odysseus is kept prisoner by Calypso for seven years. Odysseus faces one difficulty after the other.   

From Sirens to Charybdis to Scylla, Odysseus is faced with unimaginable obstacles. His story is almost too much to believe. 

When Odysseus washes up on the Phaeacians land, the Phaeacians are enthralled in meeting the great hero Odysseus. Because the Phaeacians are so in awe of Odysseus, they are apt to believe any story that Odysseus would tell them.

Odysseus does tell his story and weeps as he recalls all the dangerous encounters he had just faced. No doubt, Odysseus' story seems unreal. The fact that Odysseus is weeping and being overly dramatic could call into question the truthfulness of his story. The Phaeacians idolize Odysseus. He has a reputation of greatness in their eyes. No doubt, Odysseus does not want to let them down. This fact could call into question the truthfulness of his story. Odysseus has to live up to the Phaeacians honorable view of Odysseus being such a brave hero. The Phaeacians are fascinated by Odysseus' tale of his difficult journey home. No doubt, Odysseus could have stretched the truth. No doubt, Scylla is a six-headed monster that could have been invented by Odysseus' creative imagination. Only Odysseus knows the truth for he alone survived.   

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