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Three cited quotes (page & line numbers) to prove Odysseus is not a hero? I need to...

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stephhunnyb | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 22, 2013 at 7:19 PM via web

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Three cited quotes (page & line numbers) to prove Odysseus is not a hero? I need to write a essay on whether or not Odysseus is a hero, and mine will be on how he isn't (using the story with Polyphemus (Cyclops), Scylla and Charibdis, and when he fell asleep in the cave while praying and his boatsmen ate Helios' cattle). I don't have the book available and all the websites I'm finding are either the wrong version or don't have the page or line numbers (since they're required in this essay) and I need direct quotes from the story. Can someone respond by either giving a link to a good site with the story or quote a few? Thanks!

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aszerdi | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted September 22, 2013 at 8:04 PM (Answer #1)

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Another good example of when Odysseus falls short of his epic hero status could be when he remains on Circe's island in books ten and eleven. The examples you have already are really great too!

Enotes offers an etext of The Odyssey. However, it does not have line numbers. The first link below is a free text on-line, translation by Ian Johnston, that does have line numbers. The third link is to Northwestern's database which displays James Huddleston's translation with line numbers (you can also see the Greek text as well beneath the English).

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