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  • The Odyssey
    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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  • The Odyssey
    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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    In book IX, Odysseus shows how clever he is. He realizes that if he kills Polyphemus, the Cyclops, he and his men will perish inside the cave because they will have no way to move the stone from...

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    Odysseus is described as "storm-tossed" because Poseidon throws him around in the ocean so violently, trying to kill him for blinding his son, Polyphemus, the Cyclops. Zeus also sent a storm that...

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    Antinous is angry and feels that Telemachus has scored against him and the other suitors for Penelope's hand because Telemachus has taken a ship and crew and departed Ithaca to go in search of...

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    The episode discussed above in which Odysseus is a suitor for Helen is not found in Homer and belongs to later accounts of Odysseus (see Apollodorus). This later tradition recounts how Tyndareos,...

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    Teiresias, the dead prophet who Odysseus goes to seek in the Underworld, foretells a difficult journey home for him because a god, Poseidon, will make it hard. Poseidon is angry with Odysseus for...

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    The Odyssey begins with an invocation of the Muse, one of the nine daughters of Zeus, who are associated with artistic inspiration. It's sort of like a prayer in which the poet asks the Muse to...

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    In the first few lines of this epic poem, readers learn that Odysseus could not save his men, and they perished through their own fault and not because of him. Most of them died as a result of...

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    Like all good epics, The Odyssey begins in media res, or "in the middle." The narrative of the poem begins in Ithaca, where Odysseus' son and wife, Telemachus and Penelope, respectively, are...

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    The simple answer is that Odysseus is a prideful guy, so when he out smarts the simple-minded cyclops, he thinks a few insults and taunts are icing on the cake. The hard answer is as a plot device...

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    The first issue of your not having a copy to read can easily be remedied. There are several free versions of the text available on the web. Some links to free versions of the text are:...

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    From the beginning of his story (just after winning the Trojan War) to the end (coming home to Ithaca and avenging the suitors for their mistreatment of his family and household), Odysseus becomes...

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    In this book, the Phaeacians return Odysseus to Ithaca. He's fallen asleep on board, and so they pick him up and place him on shore, surrounded by all the treasure he's been given by the Phaeacian...

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    Odysseus shows patience when he needs to find a way to escape from Polyphemus, the Cyclops, in book IX of The Odyssey. At first, he plans to "[draw] [his] sharp sword from [his] thigh, and [stab]...

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    Athena is constantly stepping in to help Odysseus and Telemachus, often disguising Odysseus or wrapping him in mist so that he cannot be seen or identified. Further, she appears often to...

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    Odysseus reveals his real identity to Eumaeus and Philoetius, his faithful servants, so that they will accept instruction from him about how he wants to exact his revenge on the suitors. He...

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    Absolutely, Odysseus's actions in dealing with the suitors are consistent with his earlier behavior in the poem. He deals with them cleverly and definitively, refusing to feel guilty for the...

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    Odysseus is often recognized for his ego, as he is prone to bouts of pride and arrogance. The mortal's lack of humility usually gets him into trouble with the gods, especially Poseidon, who spends...

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    There are many different themes you can address in writing an essay on The Odyssey. Which one you choose will depend on your own background and interests. Some possibilities are: Women and...

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    When Telemachus meets with the suitors, he confronts them about their abuse of his home's hospitality and tries to shame them for their lack of respect for themselves, his family, and the gods. He...

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