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    After the Cyclops (Polyphemus) ate four of Odysseus’ men, the brave warrior hatched a plan to escape with the remaining men. Unfortunately, the Cyclops arrived home in the evening and after...

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    Odysseus arrived at the hut of Eumaeus, the swineherd. He found the swineherd lamenting the absence of his master, Odysseus. If my master had grown old here he would have done great things by me,...

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    Odysseus is really brave in the face of danger, and he is willing to encounter danger himself for good reason. When he forms his plan to kill the Cyclops, Polyphemus, he knows the risk of being...

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    A. Monsters are stronger than the Greek gods. In this particular passage, it seems as though option A is the best answer. Polyphemus, the Cyclops, believes himself to be stronger than even the...

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    Odysseus is happy with the outcome of his tale because he has finally returned to his home, Ithaca, after a protracted and dangerous twenty years away. His main goal was always to make it back to...

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    At the very beginning of The Odyssey, Athena visits Telemachus and gives him a major task: the goddess asks Telemachus to venture out and search for information about Odysseus, his father. Athena...

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    Scylla and Charybdis were both mythological sea monsters. They appear in Book XII of Homer's The Odyssey. They were counterparts, living on two different sides of a strait. They represented...

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    Circe's warnings are similar to Teiresias's prophecies in that they both warn of the terrible dangers that await Odysseus and his men on their journey home, and they both attempt to offer...

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  • The Epic of Gilgamesh
    Both of the works are examples of heroic epic. Their protagonists are both of noble families with some admixture of divine blood. This suggests that both societies are ones that believe to some...

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    Helen, the most beautiful woman in the world and daughter of Aphrodite, was the wife of King Menelaus of Sparta; however, Aphrodite promised Helen to Paris, prince of Troy. Paris abducted Helen,...

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    Calypso helps Odysseus by first agreeing to set him free, and then by promising him a raft and provisions for his journey home. By way of the messenger Hermes, Zeus orders Calypso to free Odysseus....

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    Not particularly. Odysseus seems like a pretty static character, meaning that he really doesn't change in any significant or fundamental way throughout the text. He is courageous and cares deeply...

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    In one sense, much of The Odyssey concerns the hero, Odysseus, being trapped on several different islands over the course of his adventures on his way back from the Trojan War. The first island on...

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    Odysseus makes a few important choices in these books. Let us look at a few of them. Book 13 marks his return to Ithaca. Here, he encounters Athena in the disguise of a shepherd's boy. Together,...

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    Odysseus tells Polyphemus that his name is no one, nobody, or outis (in Greek). At the outset, this seems like a confusing course of action. Why does it matter if Odysseus reveals his true identity...

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    In Homer's epic poem The Odyssey, the protagonist Odysseus and his crew visit the Underworld. Their journey is guided by directions from Circe, the sea witch, who instructs them to make a sacrifice...

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    Certainly, one of the biggest values presented by the Odyssey is loyalty. Penelope is extremely loyal to Odysseus, never doubting that he is still alive, and refusing to choose another husband from...

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    Poseidon was god of the seas and Polyphemus, the Cyclops, was his son. Odysseus blinds Polyphemus because the Cyclops was eating his men. Odysseus might have gotten away with this, but...

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    Homer’s Odyssey is an epic poem that chronicles Odysseus’ ten-year struggle to return to Ithaca following the Trojan War. When Odysseus leaves for Troy, as told in the prequel to The Odyssey,...

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    Medon overhears the suitors' plans to pursue and murder Telemachus, and he comes to Penelope to tell her about the suitors' plan to slay her son now that he has left Ithaca in search of information...

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    When Odysseus is on his way to Circe's home, Hermes gives him an herb called moly, and he tells Odysseus that it will protect him against her magic and prevent him from being turned into a pig like...

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    When Odysseus travels to the Underworld to seek the council of the prophet, Teiresias, the deceased seer warns him about the island of Thrinacia, a land sacred to the sun god, Helios. Helios's...

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    Odysseus faces a great many challenges in The Odyssey. First, although he cautions his men that they should move on quickly after the Trojan War, they "did not heed" him, got very drunk in...

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    For this answer, I have included a few links; two of them give characteristics of epic heroes, and the other talks about Odysseus' role as an epic hero. It seems that there are a lot of different...

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  • The Odyssey
    A claim, also known as a thesis statement, is the main point or argument of an essay. Good claims make a debatable assertion about a topic and must be supported by evidence. In literary essays,...

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    Odysseus doesn't look like a very great leader when he describes the way he and his crew deal with the Cyclops, Polyphemus. First, although his men advise him to gather some food and return to the...

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    In Book 12 of the Odyssey, Odysseus and his men land on the island of Thrinacia, the home of the sun god, with the understanding that they are not to harm or eat any of the sun god’s prized...

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    The Cyclopes (singular: Cyclops) are found both in Homer's Odyssey and Hesiod's Theogony. In both accounts, they are a race of giants, with a single eye in the middle of their foreheads. In...

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    Epic poetry, more so than prose or drama, is rooted in oral history. It draws upon the subject matter common to those stories which were recited, in public, within pre-literate societies. It...

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    In The Odyssey, Athena, the daughter of Zeus and goddess of wisdom, often uses her divine powers to disguise her appearance and meddle in the affairs of the mortals. Although she is regarded as...

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    Ulysses (known as Odysseus in Greek literature and Ulysses in Roman literature) was a brave, valiant, and cunning warrior. However, he--along with all humans--possessed character flaws....

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    Odysseus' twenty year absence from Ithaca (10 years fighting the Trojan war, 10 years attempting to return home) caused several problems to occur in Ithaca. Most of these problems were related to...

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    Odysseus's "trick" to getting out of the cave is to blind the Cyclops, Polyphemus, so that the monster can still move the heavy stone away from in front of the door but has a more difficult time...

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    Homer’s Odyssey is a heroic epic that recounts Odysseus’ ten-year journey to return to his homeland after the Trojan War. Traditionally in literature, an epic hero possesses certain...

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    It can be difficult for 21st-century readers to connect with stories such as The Odyssey because the world and the heroes represented there often seem to possess more differences than similarities...

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    In book 22 of The Odyssey, Odysseus confronts the suitors who have been eating his food, slaughtering his animals, seducing his serving maids, and drinking his wine; in short, they have completely...

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    Odysseus doesn't really have much of a reaction to Achilles's statement. As soon as Achilles makes this claim -- that it is better to be living a really lowly and inconsequential life than to be...

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    During this same speech, Athena instructs Telemachus to go home "and mix with the suitors there. / But get [his] rations ready [...]." In other words, he is to return home and mingle with the...

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    The Trojan war lasted ten years, and then it took Odysseus another ten years to reach home. So, he was in Phaeacia after having traveled for very close to that ten years' mark; we know this since...

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    Odysseus chooses not to kill the Cyclops, Polyphemus, because to do so would spell certain death for himself and his crew. When he came to the cave, Polyphemus had "swung high overhead a slab of...

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    You have rightly recognized that the Odyssey can be viewed as metaphor for the journey of life. Odysseus faced a daunting (and very dangerous), ten-year journey home to his wife, Penelope, and son,...

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    In The Odyssey Odysseus is warned by the blind prophet Tiresias that all of the sacred cattle of the Sun God Helios should be left alone. Tiresias says that the cattle should be avoided at whatever...

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    Odysseus--the protagonist of Homer's The Odyssey--represents a number of different archetypes. Two of these include the "trickster" and the "explorer." The trickster relies on his cleverness to get...

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    Odysseus does not just want to take some food and go back to the ship. He says, "At first my men begged me to take some cheeses and go, then to drive the lambs and kids from the pens down to the...

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    Odysseus, who plays a part in Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, is a fictional king of Ithaca. He is one of the heroes of Greek mythology, and Homer's epic works tell the stories of his time in the Trojan...

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    The reunion between Odysseus and Telemachus is very moving. Odysseus, still in disguise as a beggar, meets Telemachus in the swineherd's hut. Athena tells Odysseus it is time for him to remove his...

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    Odysseus narrates the story of his dealings with Polyphemus, the Cyclops, in Book IX of The Odyssey. Odysseus is speaking to King Alcinous of Phaeacia, telling him and his family the story of...

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    In the final book of The Odyssey, the families of the suitors blame Odysseus for his handling of the men in his home, the suitors who exploited the palace's hospitality and tried to force Penelope...

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    The Odyssey, as is the case with most oral-traditional works, is highly agonistic, a story of conflicts that tend to be portrayed as purely oppositional, with one party winning and the other party...

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    A map and a compass, clearly!On a more serious note, this question really seems designed to make you explore your own creativity. Knowing what Ulysses went through on his arduous Odyssey, what...

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