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In the Land of the Dead, how does Odysseus react to each of the three ghosts (Elpenor,...

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rosiegirl88 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted March 29, 2010 at 7:12 AM via web

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In the Land of the Dead, how does Odysseus react to each of the three ghosts (Elpenor, Anticlea, and Tiresias)?

Also, how are his some of his actions or characteristics different here than earlier in the story?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 29, 2010 at 7:19 AM (Answer #1)

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Elpenor was the crew member who had fallen off the roof of Circe's house and died.  Odysseus is surprised that he got to the land of the dead before the ship did.  Odysseus promises to go burn Elpenor's body and leave a monument to him.

Anticlea is Odysseus's mother.  He is so happy to see her, but he does not want to let her come near until he has talked to Teiresias.  Afterwards, he tries to hug her, but he cannot.

Odysseus does not really react to Teiresias's ghost.  He talks to him pretty normally.

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