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  • The Odyssey
    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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  • The Odyssey
    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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    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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  • The Odyssey
    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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  • The Odyssey
    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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    In Book Three, Nestor praises Telemachus for his bravery and for his potential as a hero a few times: first, after hearing what Telemachus's mission is, and second, after realizing that Athena...

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    In Book IX, Odysseus recounts stories from the time immediately following the Greeks' victory in the Trojan War. He and his crew first stop in Ismarus, killing the men, raiding the city's...

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  • The Odyssey
    The death of Antinous takes place in Ithaca, inside of Odysseus's palace. Odysseus asks Eurycleia to close all the doors to the palace, while the suitors make fun of Odysseus, still disguised as...

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  • The Odyssey
    When Odysseus has an opportunity to speak with Achilles in the underworld, Achilles questions him about why he would dare to come to the land of the dead because it is not a place for the living....

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  • The Odyssey
    Odysseus enraged the Cyclops, Polyphemus, when he and his men plunged a stake into the monster's eye, blinding him forever. However, as their ship sailed away from the Cyclopes' island, Odysseus...

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    After the Cyclops (Polyphemus) ate four of Odysseus’ men, the brave warrior hatched a plan to escape with the remaining men. Unfortunately, the Cyclops arrived home in the evening and after...

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  • The Odyssey
    Odysseus arrived at the hut of Eumaeus, the swineherd. He found the swineherd lamenting the absence of his master, Odysseus. If my master had grown old here he would have done great things by me,...

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  • The Odyssey
    Odysseus is really brave in the face of danger, and he is willing to encounter danger himself for good reason. When he forms his plan to kill the Cyclops, Polyphemus, he knows the risk of being...

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  • The Odyssey
    A. Monsters are stronger than the Greek gods. In this particular passage, it seems as though option A is the best answer. Polyphemus, the Cyclops, believes himself to be stronger than even the...

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  • The Odyssey
    Odysseus is happy with the outcome of his tale because he has finally returned to his home, Ithaca, after a protracted and dangerous twenty years away. His main goal was always to make it back to...

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  • History
    Scylla and Charybdis were both mythological sea monsters. They appear in Book XII of Homer's The Odyssey. They were counterparts, living on two different sides of a strait. They represented...

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  • The Odyssey
    Circe's warnings are similar to Teiresias's prophecies in that they both warn of the terrible dangers that await Odysseus and his men on their journey home, and they both attempt to offer...

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  • The Epic of Gilgamesh
    Both stories are as ancient as they get, yet they both reflect societal values of mankind’s fascination with the supernatural and man’s relationship to the gods. These two stories represent...

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  • The Odyssey
    Helen, the most beautiful woman in the world and daughter of Aphrodite, was the wife of King Menelaus of Sparta; however, Aphrodite promised Helen to Paris, prince of Troy. Paris abducted Helen,...

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  • The Odyssey
    Calypso helps Odysseus by first agreeing to set him free, and then by promising him a raft and provisions for his journey home. By way of the messenger Hermes, Zeus orders Calypso to free Odysseus....

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  • The Odyssey
    Not particularly. Odysseus seems like a pretty static character, meaning that he really doesn't change in any significant or fundamental way throughout the text. He is courageous and cares deeply...

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  • The Odyssey
    In one sense, much of The Odyssey concerns the hero, Odysseus, being trapped on several different islands over the course of his adventures on his way back from the Trojan War. The first island on...

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  • The Odyssey
    Odysseus makes a few important choices in these books. Let us look at a few of them. Book 13 marks his return to Ithaca. Here, he encounters Athena in the disguise of a shepherd's boy. Together,...

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  • The Odyssey
    In Homer's epic poem The Odyssey, the protagonist Odysseus and his crew visit the Underworld. Their journey is guided by directions from Circe, the sea witch, who instructs them to make a sacrifice...

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  • The Odyssey
    Certainly, one of the biggest values presented by the Odyssey is loyalty. Penelope is extremely loyal to Odysseus, never doubting that he is still alive, and refusing to choose another husband from...

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  • The Odyssey
    Poseidon was god of the seas and Polyphemus, the Cyclops, was his son. Odysseus blinds Polyphemus because the Cyclops was eating his men. Odysseus might have gotten away with this, but...

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  • The Odyssey
    Homer’s Odyssey is an epic poem that chronicles Odysseus’ ten-year struggle to return to Ithaca following the Trojan War. When Odysseus leaves for Troy, as told in the prequel to The Odyssey,...

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  • The Odyssey
    First, let's get clear on what an epic simile is. A simile, as you probably know, is simply an explicit comparison using words such as "like" or "as" (e.g., "His words beat down on Patroclus like...

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  • The Odyssey
    When Odysseus is on his way to Circe's home, Hermes gives him an herb called moly, and he tells Odysseus that it will protect him against her magic and prevent him from being turned into a pig like...

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  • The Odyssey
    When Odysseus travels to the Underworld to seek the council of the prophet, Teiresias, the deceased seer warns him about the island of Thrinacia, a land sacred to the sun god, Helios. Helios's...

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  • The Odyssey
    Odysseus faces a great many challenges in The Odyssey. First, although he cautions his men that they should move on quickly after the Trojan War, they "did not heed" him, got very drunk in...

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    For this answer, I have included a few links; two of them give characteristics of epic heroes, and the other talks about Odysseus' role as an epic hero. It seems that there are a lot of different...

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  • The Odyssey
    Odysseus doesn't look like a very great leader when he describes the way he and his crew deal with the Cyclops, Polyphemus. First, although his men advise him to gather some food and return to the...

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  • The Odyssey
    In Book 12 of the Odyssey, Odysseus and his men land on the island of Thrinacia, the home of the sun god, with the understanding that they are not to harm or eat any of the sun god’s prized...

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  • The Odyssey
    The Cyclopes (singular: Cyclops) are found both in Homer's Odyssey and Hesiod's Theogony. In both accounts, they are a race of giants, with a single eye in the middle of their foreheads. In...

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  • The Odyssey
    Epic poetry, more so than prose or drama, is rooted in oral history. It draws upon the subject matter common to those stories which were recited, in public, within pre-literate societies. It...

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  • The Odyssey
    In The Odyssey, Athena, the daughter of Zeus and goddess of wisdom, often uses her divine powers to disguise her appearance and meddle in the affairs of the mortals. Although she is regarded as...

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  • The Odyssey
    Ulysses (known as Odysseus in Greek literature and Ulysses in Roman literature) was a brave, valiant, and cunning warrior. However, he--along with all humans--possessed character flaws....

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  • The Odyssey
    Odysseus' twenty year absence from Ithaca (10 years fighting the Trojan war, 10 years attempting to return home) caused several problems to occur in Ithaca. Most of these problems were related to...

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  • The Odyssey
    Odysseus's "trick" to getting out of the cave is to blind the Cyclops, Polyphemus, so that the monster can still move the heavy stone away from in front of the door but has a more difficult time...

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  • The Odyssey
    Homer’s Odyssey is a heroic epic that recounts Odysseus’ ten-year journey to return to his homeland after the Trojan War. Traditionally in literature, an epic hero possesses certain...

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  • The Odyssey
    It can be difficult for 21st-century readers to connect with stories such as The Odyssey because the world and the heroes represented there often seem to possess more differences than similarities...

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  • The Odyssey
    In book 22 of The Odyssey, Odysseus confronts the suitors who have been eating his food, slaughtering his animals, seducing his serving maids, and drinking his wine; in short, they have completely...

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  • The Odyssey
    Odysseus doesn't really have much of a reaction to Achilles's statement. As soon as Achilles makes this claim -- that it is better to be living a really lowly and inconsequential life than to be...

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    The Trojan war lasted ten years, and then it took Odysseus another ten years to reach home. So, he was in Phaeacia after having traveled for very close to that ten years' mark; we know this since...

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  • The Odyssey
    Odysseus chooses not to kill the Cyclops, Polyphemus, because to do so would spell certain death for himself and his crew. When he came to the cave, Polyphemus had "swung high overhead a slab of...

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  • The Odyssey
    You have rightly recognized that the Odyssey can be viewed as metaphor for the journey of life. Odysseus faced a daunting (and very dangerous), ten-year journey home to his wife, Penelope, and son,...

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