Who's the first person that Odysseus kills and why does he kill him first; after this first man is killed. . . what plea bargain does Eurymachus offer to Odysseus?

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Odysseus first kills Antinous by shooting an arrow at him while he appears to be drinking from a cup. The buttshaft of the arrow is sticking out of his neck when all is said and done. This is the man who was most after his wife and sort of was the ring leader of the men vying for Penelope's hand in marriage.

Eurymachus argues this very point (Antinous being the ringleader) and argues that the men will pay back all they have taken and then some. Odysseus doesn't even consider the offer and proceeds to take out all of the men until they are all dead.

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The first person that Odysseus kills is Antinous.  We are not told exactly why Odysseus kills him first.  Presumably, it is because he is one of the two leaders of the suitors and Odysseus wants him out of the way.

After Odysseus kills Antinous, Eurymachus tries to make a deal with him.  Eurymachus tells him that the suitors will make amends for what they have done.  They will pay Odysseus back for all of the food and drink that they have consumed.  They will also each pay a fine to Odysseus.  Odysseus, of course, refuses.

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