Odysseus seeks his identity in several ways.
The first is that in his literal search—for a way home—he is also searching for himself. He’s been away from home for years. He’s been out having adventures, but he’s also been places where people don’t know him, or where they meet him for the first time. At home, his wife and old dog, who knew him before his travels, wait for him.
A second search is for Penelope. Yes, that’s another person, but she’s his wife, and the great love of his life. She is...
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