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What difficulties does Tiresias predict for the journey to come for Odysseus? Why would...

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auzzie123 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 5, 2010 at 10:19 AM via web

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What difficulties does Tiresias predict for the journey to come for Odysseus? Why would Odysseus continue, despite the grim prophecies?

Based on Tiresias's prediction, which heroic qualities will odysseus need to rely upon as he continues his journy? Explain.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 5, 2010 at 10:43 AM (Answer #1)

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Tiresias's ghost tells Odysseus that he is likely to be shipwrecked and to have a hard time getting home.  Once he gets home, he's going to have to kill all his wife's suitors.  Once he does that, he's still going to have to go on a journey, carrying on oar, until he finds a land where people have never heard of the sea or of ships.

Odysseus continues because he is completely loyal to his wife and his son.  In addition, he wants the glory of having gone to the war and come back.  He wants the glory of having withstood hardships to come home and the glory of having killed all the suitors.  Even though he will need great courage and willpower and even though he will need to be extremely cunning (all of these are heroic traits), he still decides to continue on because of his desire to see his family and to gain glory and honor.

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