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    With his father gone, Telemachus must step up and become the man of the house. He must grow into his power as a young man and direct the servants and even his mother. We see him issue orders to...

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    Odysseus learns many important lessons while sailing home to Ithaca from Troy. The most significant lesson teaches Odysseus the dangers of hubris, or excessive pride in oneself. Odysseus...

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    Let's make one thing clear: Odysseus's arrogance is one of his least admirable traits—but it is part of what makes him heroic. For starters, it imbues him with great confidence. Being confident...

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    The overriding theme of Shelley's "Ozymandias" is the transience of all earthly things. Ozymandias, an Egyptian pharaoh, thought he could achieve immortality by his achievements in this life. Yet...

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    Telemachus is having an emotional moment here in this passage, which explains why he dismisses his mother like this. Female power is observable in Book 1 of The Odyssey, and though minor characters...

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    In Homer's The Odyssey, Odysseus is trying to make his way back to Ithaca after the Trojan War. While Odysseus faces obstacle after obstacle that keep him from going home, his wife Penelope and son...

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    A few distinct moments from The Odyssey stick out to me in regard to this topic. First, early on, Zeus sends Hermes to tell Calypso that she must give up Odysseus and permit him to leave her...

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    Odysseus does not want to go to Thrinacia (modern-day Sicily) because he has been explicitly warned by both Circe and Tiresias not to. Odysseus was sent by Circe down to the underworld, and that is...

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    There are a huge number of examples of literary devices in the Odyssey, but we can only deal with a few of them here. One of the most notable features of the poem is Homer's use of...

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    There are certain aspects of Odysseus that compare to the legendary boxer Muhammad Ali. As a young man, Muhammad Ali was unafraid to brag about himself, calling himself "the greatest" and telling...

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    It sounds like the assignment you're describing is to compose a poem about your personal goals using the mythical sirens as a motif. The sirens of the Odyssey and Greek myth were creatures often...

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    In The Odyssey, the sirens flatter Odysseus, calling him "honored" and the "great glory of the Achaeans." They invite him to dock his ship on their island so that he can listen to their song. No...

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    This question is very clearly answered in book twelve of the Odyssey. Circe gives Odysseus advice about the perils he will face on his sea voyage as he returns home to Penelope. One of the major...

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    Nestor greets and treats Telemachus as a friend when he comes in search of news of his father, Odysseus. Nestor has heard of Penelope's plight and the abuses of the suitors, but he believes that...

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    Odysseus and his men encounter Polyphemus, the Cyclops, in book 9 of The Odyssey, and not all of them survive their captivity in Polyphemus's cave. Moreover, Odysseus's hubris after their escape...

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    One major theme of The Odyssey concerns the beauty of home. For Odysseus, there is simply no place like home. As he says early on to King Alcinous of Phaeacia, "Nothing more sweet than home and...

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    This is an interesting question because I think most readers would agree that Odysseus is not humble at all. He is pretty arrogant, for example, when leaving the Cyclopes' Island after blinding...

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    I'd say it's a combination of the two. Certainly, Odysseus was smart enough to tell Polyphemus that his name is "Nobody" so that the Cyclops cannot identify his attacker to his peers. He knows that...

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    Odysseus is very much a product of his time and place. He is a great king and noble warrior who unhesitatingly subscribes to the dominant ethos of aristocratic Greek males. Yet he does so with a...

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    In Book II of the Odyssey, lines 35-128, Telemachus and Antinous have a lengthy debate on the appropriateness of the actions of Penelope's many suitors. Telemachus describes the constant drain of...

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    Perhaps the most important female character in the Odyssey is Penelope, Odysseus's long-suffering wife and Telemachus's mother. She is often called "heedful Penelope" because she is so obedient and...

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    It is obvious to us that the ancient Greeks valued hospitality because of how crucial it is in The Odyssey. When Odysseus and his men land on the island where the Cyclopes live, he wants to remain...

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    One interesting paper topic would be Homer's portrayal of father-son relationships, concentrating on the relationship between Telemachus and Odysseus. When the epic starts, Telemachus has never met...

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    After Odysseus’ disappearance, men wreaked havoc on his estate due to his absence. They were interested in marrying Penelope, Odysseus’ wife and Telemachus’ mother. Penelope avoided their...

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    When Odysseus is disguised as an old beggar, brought to his home in Ithaca by Eumaeus, his loyal swineherd, the suitors force him into a fight with another local beggar, Irus. One way in which...

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    The first set of values one finds in these epics are heroic ones. In heroic culture, aristocrats are expected to demonstrate physical prowess in individual combat. Displaying certain types of...

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    Penelope must contend with her fear that she is being duped by someone who is not actually her husband. After all, Odysseus has been gone for twenty years, and he would likely look very different...

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    No, Tiresias does not warn Odysseus about the Sirens, those mysterious women/ monsters whose voices could entrance the minds of men and cause sailors to wreck their ships. The goddess Circe was the...

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    Certainly, Odysseus is friends with Menelaus. In fact, it was to recover and protect Menelaus's honor that Odysseus went off to fight in the Trojan War in the first place. When Paris, the prince...

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    There was no one specific event that made Odysseus want to return home to his wife, Penelope, after twenty years. Honestly he didn't really want to leave in the first place, but he got called away...

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    At Athena's insistence, Zeus sends Hermes to tell Calypso that she must release Odysseus, her seven-years prisoner and lover. Calypso is undeniably upset by this news, especially in regard to the...

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    In Book V, Athena attempts to influence Zeus on Odysseus's behalf because she feels sympathetic toward Odysseus and his family. Odysseus has been kept for seven years by the nymph, Calypso, and...

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    Honor and glory seem to be values much more paramount in the Iliad than they are in the Odyssey. The Iliad is about a war, how to fight it, and how to win it, but the Odyssey is a story about...

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    It seems that the suitors wish to avoid going to the house belonging to Penelope's father, Icarius, because they do not want him to be the one to choose which of them she would marry. (They assume...

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    Odysseus is extremely clever. When he finds himself trapped in Polyphemus's cave, he has the foresight to tell the cyclops that his name is "Nobody." The reader really has no idea why he would tell...

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    Odysseus displays his power in several ways. We see his power when he overpowers the three men from his crew who desperately want to remain with the lotus eaters because they ate the lotus fruit....

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    In The Odyssey, heroism is portrayed as something which men are capable of -- Penelope is cunning and clever, but she is never discussed as heroic -- and heroism is achievable by fighting external...

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    Athena's favor towards Odysseus is a major theme throughout the Odyssey. In fact, she is his "guardian goddess." As the goddess of battle and wisdom, Athena shows favor towards Odysseus because he...

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    Odysseus' meeting with Achilles in the Underworld is perhaps my favorite part of The Odyssey, as it's one of the most thought-provoking moments in the poem. When Odysseus meets Achilles during his...

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    Originally, Homer's The Odyssey was intended for oral presentation, and so those experiencing the poem would have listened to a recitation of it, rather than reading it themselves. Even so, the...

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    Theoclymenus is a seer who is fleeing Argos for killing a man of his own race. He tells Telemachus that the kinsmen of the murdered man seek to avenge themselves on him; this is why he lives in...

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    When Odysseus is preparing to leave Circe's island for the first time, she tells him that he must travel to the Underworld in order to seek the guidance of the blind prophet, Teiresias of Thebes,...

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    Calypso is a powerful nymph living on the island of Ogygia in The Odyssey. After the last of his companions die, Odysseus washes ashore on Calypso's island. The main conflict of this portion of the...

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    After Nestor, the King of Pylos, invites Telemachus to stay in his palace in Book Three, Athena, disguised as Mentor, tells Nestor and Telemachus that she will go back to the ship. Then, "With that...

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    This quote is taken from Book IX, lines 7-9; Odysseus acknowledges that he is widely known by mortals and gods both, and he is admired and respected for his intelligence and many skills. At this...

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    One realization Odysseus comes to at the end of Homer's epic is to appreciate the limited nature of human beings. Throughout the epic, it is as if Odysseus has no limits. He uses his guilt, wit,...

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    When you're analyzing a character, you end up having to use your own words to summarize and explain a lot about who this character is, what traits he or she has, how he or she changes, and so on....

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    Even though his men want him to take some food and leave as soon as possible, Odysseus wants to stay in Polyphemus's cave because he hopes "[he] might see [the cave's owner] and [this owner] might...

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    In the ninth book of Homer's Odyssey, Odysseus tells the Cyclops that his name is Noman. ‘Cyclops, you ask my name and I will tell it you; give me, therefore, the present you promised me; my...

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    Odysseus spent two decades away from his wife, Penelope. The first ten were spent fighting in the Trojan War—against his will, according to legend. The latter ten were spent trying to return...

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