"I implore you, Lady: Are you a goddess Or mortal? If you are one of heaven’s divinities I think you are most like great Zeus’ daughter Artemis. You have her looks, her stature, her form. If...

"I implore you, Lady: Are you a goddess Or mortal? If you are one of heaven’s divinities I think you are most like great Zeus’ daughter Artemis. You have her looks, her stature, her form. If you are a mortal and live on this earth, Thrice blessed is your father, your queenly mother, Thrice blessed your brothers! Their hearts must always Be warm with happiness when they look at you." What is the analysis for this quote?

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This quotation is from Book VI of The Odyssey when Odysseus wakes up on the shore of a strange land, naked and confused. He tries to cover himself with a branch, but the girls on shore are still afraid, and they run away - except for one. King Alcinous' daughter, Nausicaa, is compelled by Athena to stay, and Odysseus, hoping to get help from her, falls to his knees and begins a speech with this quotation. 

Let's look at the deeper meaning of this quotation: 

I implore you, Lady: "Implore" is an interesting word choice her. He could just say "ask", but to implore is to "beg someone earnestly or desperately to do something". This word choice makes Odysseus into a "beggar" here, putting her in a position of power, with which she could choose to help him. 

you are most like great Zeus' daughter Artemis. You have her looks, her stature, her form: Odysseus doesn't just say she looks like a goddess - he picks a specific one to compare her to, Artemis. Artemis is the goddess of chastity, virginity, the hunt, the moon, and nature. By choosing Artemis, Odysseus is implying that Nausicaa is not just beautiful but pure, a valuable quality for a young woman in this culture. 

If you are mortal and live on this earth [...] their hearts must always Be warm with happiness when they look at you: Here, he states that her family must be made joyful by her appearance, thereby implying that he also is made happy by it. 

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