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    Odysseus displays his power in several ways. We see his power when he overpowers the three men from his crew who desperately want to remain with the lotus eaters because they have eaten the lotus...

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    In The Odyssey, heroism is portrayed as something which men are capable of -- Penelope is cunning and clever, but she is never discussed as heroic -- and heroism is achievable by fighting external...

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    Athena's favor towards Odysseus is a major theme throughout the Odyssey. In fact, she is his "guardian goddess." As the goddess of battle and wisdom, Athena shows favor towards Odysseus because he...

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    Odysseus' meeting with Achilles in the Underworld is perhaps my favorite part of The Odyssey, as it's one of the most thought-provoking moments in the poem. When Odysseus meets Achilles during his...

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    Originally, Homer's The Odyssey was intended for oral presentation, and so those experiencing the poem would have listened to a recitation of it, rather than reading it themselves. Even so, the...

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    Theoclymenus is a seer who is fleeing Argos for killing a man of his own race. He tells Telemachus that the kinsmen of the murdered man seek to avenge themselves on him; this is why he lives in...

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    When Odysseus is preparing to leave Circe's island for the first time, she tells him that he must travel to the Underworld in order to seek the guidance of the blind prophet, Teiresias of Thebes,...

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    Calypso is a powerful nymph living on the island of Ogygia in The Odyssey. After the last of his companions die, Odysseus washes ashore on Calypso's island. The main conflict of this portion of the...

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    After Nestor, the King of Pylos, invites Telemachus to stay in his palace in Book Three, Athena, disguised as Mentor, tells Nestor and Telemachus that she will go back to the ship. Then, "With that...

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    This quote is taken from Book IX, lines 7-9; Odysseus acknowledges that he is widely known by mortals and gods both, and he is admired and respected for his intelligence and many skills. At this...

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    One realization Odysseus comes to at the end of Homer's epic is to appreciate the limited nature of human beings. Throughout the epic, it is as if Odysseus has no limits. He uses his guilt, wit,...

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    When you're analyzing a character, you end up having to use your own words to summarize and explain a lot about who this character is, what traits he or she has, how he or she changes, and so on....

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    Even though his men want him to take some food and leave as soon as possible, Odysseus wants to stay in Polyphemus's cave because he hopes "[he] might see [the cave's owner] and [this owner] might...

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    In book IX, Odysseus shows how clever he is. He realizes that if he kills Polyphemus, the Cyclops, he and his men will perish inside the cave because they will have no way to move the stone from...

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    Odysseus is described as "storm-tossed" because Poseidon throws him around in the ocean so violently, trying to kill him for blinding his son, Polyphemus, the Cyclops. Zeus also sent a storm that...

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    Antinous is angry and feels that Telemachus has scored against him and the other suitors for Penelope's hand because Telemachus has taken a ship and crew and departed Ithaca to go in search of...

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    Teiresias, the dead prophet who Odysseus goes to seek in the Underworld, foretells a difficult journey home for him because a god, Poseidon, will make it hard. Poseidon is angry with Odysseus for...

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    The Odyssey begins with an invocation of the Muse, one of the nine daughters of Zeus, who are associated with artistic inspiration. It's sort of like a prayer in which the poet asks the Muse to...

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    In the first few lines of this epic poem, readers learn that Odysseus could not save his men, and they perished through their own fault and not because of him. Most of them died as a result of...

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    Like all good epics, The Odyssey begins in media res, or "in the middle." The narrative of the poem begins in Ithaca, where Odysseus' son and wife, Telemachus and Penelope, respectively, are...

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    The simple answer is that Odysseus is a prideful guy, so when he out smarts the simple-minded cyclops, he thinks a few insults and taunts are icing on the cake. The hard answer is as a plot device...

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    From the beginning of his story (just after winning the Trojan War) to the end (coming home to Ithaca and avenging the suitors for their mistreatment of his family and household), Odysseus becomes...

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    In this book, the Phaeacians return Odysseus to Ithaca. He's fallen asleep on board, and so they pick him up and place him on shore, surrounded by all the treasure he's been given by the Phaeacian...

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    Odysseus shows patience when he needs to find a way to escape from Polyphemus, the Cyclops, in book IX of The Odyssey. At first, he plans to "[draw] [his] sharp sword from [his] thigh, and [stab]...

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    Athena is constantly stepping in to help Odysseus and Telemachus, often disguising Odysseus or wrapping him in mist so that he cannot be seen or identified. Further, she appears often to...

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    Odysseus reveals his real identity to Eumaeus and Philoetius, his faithful servants, so that they will accept instruction from him about how he wants to exact his revenge on the suitors. He...

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    Absolutely, Odysseus's actions in dealing with the suitors are consistent with his earlier behavior in the poem. He deals with them cleverly and definitively, refusing to feel guilty for the...

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    Odysseus is often recognized for his ego, as he is prone to bouts of pride and arrogance. The mortal's lack of humility usually gets him into trouble with the gods, especially Poseidon, who spends...

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    When Telemachus meets with the suitors, he confronts them about their abuse of his home's hospitality and tries to shame them for their lack of respect for themselves, his family, and the gods. He...

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    After spending about a year with her, the goddess Circe tells Odysseus to seek out the blind prophet, Teiresias, in the Underworld in order to procure instructions for how to make it safely home to...

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    One of the most significant ways in which Odysseus creates trouble for himself and his crew is by ignoring their pleas to take some food and quickly return to their ship when they come to the land...

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    Odysseus does actually tell his men about the warnings he received about the sacred cattle of the sun god, Helios, from Teiresias, the dead prophet he spoke with in the Underworld, and Circe, after...

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    Odysseus is a good leader because he is clever, brave, and he cares about the men whom he leads. When his men are trapped in Polyphemus's cave, Odysseus tells the Cyclops that his name is...

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    Quite a bit! After he blinds Polyphemus, the Cyclops son of Poseidon, lord of the seas, his journey by sea becomes much more difficult. For example, at one point, Aeolus, the keeper of the winds,...

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    When Odysseus finally returns to Ithaca, Athena helps him by disguising him so that he will not be recognized by anyone before his plans for revenge on the suitors are ready. She first assures him...

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    Circe warns Odysseus that their journey will only be able to continue if they go to the halls of Hades, where he must consult with the spirit of Teiresias of Thebes. In Book X, after fleeing Lamos,...

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    Yes, I think it's fair to characterize Odysseus's experiences as amounting to a personal hell as a result of his protracted and distressing absence from home. While he is actually going through...

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    When Odysseus and his crew find the cave of the Cyclops, along with all his animals and cheese, the crew begs him to take some food and return immediately to the ship. The men seem to sense,...

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    In terms of his flaws, Odysseus shows some greediness in this book. Prior to the Cyclops' return to his home, Odysseus's men try to convince him to take some food and return to their ship;...

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    In a general sense, the various monsters confronted in the Odyssey serve as tests of Odysseus's cunning and resolve. Each one presents a unique type of obstacle to the adventurer, tempting or...

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    In Book XI, Tiresias tells Odysseus that he is having such a hard time at sea because Poseidon, god of the sea, hates him. This hatred is born of the injury Odysseus has done to his son Polyphemus,...

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    Both the Odyssey and the Epic of Gilgamesh exhibit numerous instances of divine intervention. In both stories, the protagonists and their companions anger at least one of the gods, and the god(s)...

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    In Book IX, Odysseus briefly describes the time he spent with Calypso, who kept him prisoner, and Circe, "full of craft" who kept him in her palace. However, he describes, at much greater length,...

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    One theme of this epic poem is that there is no place like home. Odysseus spends almost twenty years trying to get back to Ithaca and to his family, not content to be anywhere else (even if he's...

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    Odysseus's crew is not often portrayed in a flattering light. There are a great many times when they let him down, and their disobedience eventually costs them their lives. First, when they land...

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    When Odysseus is adrift in the ocean, before he reaches Phaeacia, Poseidon sends terrible storms in an attempt to drown him (as revenge for blinding his Cyclops son, Polyphemus). If Odysseus has...

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    Penelope says this to Odysseus just after he has revealed himself to her upon his return to Ithaca. She tests him in order to force him to prove that he really is her husband because she's grown...

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    Women's role in The Odyssey is interesting. On the one hand, the female characters in this quintessential epic poem display more depth than other female characters in epic poetry. Calypso, for...

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    In terms of similarities, both Zeus and Odysseus are incredibly powerful within their respective communities. They both have extramarital affairs (Odysseus, in The Odyssey, with Circe and Calypso;...

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    One reason that Calypso tries to make Odysseus feel guilty about wanting to leave is that she wants him to stay. She feels herself to be in love with him, and even though she's offered him...

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