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  • Thought The World Homer Illustrates Women
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    Women Portrayed in Homer's The Odyssey Women were very important to the Greeks, and they showed this value in many ways. In The Odyssey Homer shows us the different ways women were looked upon through female characters, such as Penelope, Naussica, and Anticlia. With Penelope, a faithful and loving wife to Odysseus, Homer reveals to us how the Greeks believed wives should act. She was loyal to Odysseus the entire time he was away on his journey, and even when it appeared as if he had passed on sh...
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  • Hospitality Is Shown Good And Bad Odysseus
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    A story centered on homecoming and traveling, The Odyssey by Homer, set in Ancient Greece, has key themes, which include hospitality and the treatment of travelers and strangers. These reoccurring themes are depicted often as Odysseus and Telemakhos show up at the doorsteps of his various hosts, and these themes prove how inhospitable the suitors are. The difference between good and bad is clearly drawn in the Odyssey, good people are hospitable, they hope for Odysseus' return, and are kind to O...
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  • Challenges Were Important 10 More Years Home
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    In Homer's Odyssey, the main character, Odysseus, emerges as a heroic figure. How ever, in order to be a gero Odysseus must face and overcome numerous emotional, physical and mental hardships. The challenges he endures start at the begining in Ithaca before he went to war at Troy. He had to face many challenges on the day he left ithaca and the way back home to Ithaca to be with his beloved family. The first hardships he endured were to leave his family and first born son, and his kingdom behind...
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  • Heroic Qualities Ill Fated
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    An epic hero can be described as a legendary figure endowed with great strength or ability that is admired for his achievements and noble qualities. To better explain the true meaning of an epic hero, one might compare this definition to the legendary hero in Homers The Odyssey, the great Odysseus. Through The Odyssey, we, the readers, are taken on a journey of the main character, Odysseus, bearing witness to the many vices and virtues that play a pivotal role on his voyage to his homeland of It...
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  • King Of Ithaca Telemachus
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    The Odyssey, though named for the great warrior and story focus Odysseus, cannot be soley regarded as a single man's journey. The growth in intellect, maturity, and strength the Odysseus undergoes is reflected distinctly in his son, Telemachus. In the first books, other characters continue to treat him much as a child, and in many respects, Telemachus still acts like one. The first few books illustrate the relationship between Telemachus and his father, a father he has barely known. When Odysseu...
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  • Book V Return Home
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    NAUSICAA; HOMER THE ODYSSEY BOOK VI INTRODUCTION A close look at book V 1 and others in Homers Odyssey may lead us to this observation. Far be it from one to lay blame at the door of a Goddess but as far as Nausicaa is concerned surely Athena did contribute by leading the poor girl on to believe that Odysseus was The One, she was to marry. This will be taken into account as we look in more depth at the poem. Virgil acquaints us with similar facts in his book The Ahead whose content look at Aenea...
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  • Divine Intervention In Odyssey And Oedipus
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    Divine Intervention in Odyssey and Oedipus When one ponders the Greek mythology and literature, powerful images invariably come to mind. One relives the heroes's truffles against innumerable odds, their battles against magical monsters, and the gods' periodic intervention in mortal affairs. Yet, a common and often essential portion of a heroic epic is the hero's consultation with an oracle or divinity. This prophecy is usually critical to the plot line, and also to the well being of the main cha...
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  • Rest Of His Men Epic Hero Odysseus
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    Odysseus the Great Of all the mythological heroes, Odysseus would have to be the greatest. His adventures strengthened him and made him wiser. Although his men assisted him in his warfare, Odysseus was always at the heart of the battle. Odysseus was a true epic hero. He was an inspiration to his men and his peers. One of the characteristics of an epic hero is superhuman strength and Odysseus? strength is definitely superior. In the story, The Challenge, Odysseus shows his strength by successfull...
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  • Oedipus The King Similarities And Differences
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    Lai, Erik October 5, 19984071 E 7 X- 01 Similarities and Differences Between The Odyssey and Oedipus the King In the world of literature, there are many similarities and differences between them. These similarities and differences are significant because the reader can learn and thoroughly comprehend them. Two examples of such literature are the epic poems Oedipus the King, written by Sophocles and The Odyssey, written by Homer who were both Greek poets. Oedipus the King and The Odyssey share ma...
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  • Cold Hearted Peoples Lives
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    Odysseus Is Not A Hero A hero is a man noted for his special achievements according to the dictionary, but if you ask most people what a hero is, you will get the same general response. They will probably say someone who does something for other people out of the goodness of his heart. Odysseus, who is the main character of the book The Odyssey written by Homer, would fit the dictionary's definition of a hero; but if you go deeper, looking at what people feel a hero is, he doesnt even come close...
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  • Role Of Women Manual Labor
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    THE CHANGING ROLES OF WOMEN IN LITERATURE The changing role of women in literature from the late 8 th century B. C. to the 4 th century A. D. is evident in that women become even more subservient in later works. This is portrayed in the works The Odyssey by Homer and Sakuntala by Kalidasa. Women are treated more like slaves in Sakuntala, while they are seen more like equals in The Odyssey. However, in Sakuntala, women are given more responsibilities, suggesting that people of the time viewed wom...
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  • King And Queen Decision Making
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    A Lesson The Odyssey, a Greek tale of fate written by Homer, tells the story of a warrior that is determined to return home and is willing to go to any extreme to achieve his goal. The story takes place over a period of approximately ten years and begins after much of the action has already occurred. The device of starting a work in the middle and returning to the start is called Ain medias res@ from the Latin (in the middle of things). Odysseus is faced with many challenges, but no matter what ...
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  • Texts We Have Read Women Are Portrayed Fate
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    Destiny plays a crucial and ultimate part in the texts we have read thus far. It is none more apparent however than in The Odyssey and The Aeneid. The destiny of the two great heroes Odysseus and Aeneis is at times so obvious it spoils the readers excitement, but on the other hand is so necessary that the epics credibility would crumble with the sheer omit tance of such an element. Odysseus and Aeneis fates are predetermined from the first page of the their respective epics and continue to strin...
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  • Honor Befitting One Epitaph Leader Of Men Eumaios
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    The Tale of Eumaios The ancient Greek society was a culture where the Fates and immortal gods hold reign over a mans life. Ones personal characteristics, including occupation, were as mutable as ones lineage. For this reason noble Eumaios, leader of men, the swineherd, stands out in the Odyssey as a character who exists above his place as a humble servant. He is conspicuous from his first appearance when Homer applies to him the epitaph leader of men (Od. 15: 23) and continues as Homer refers to...
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  • Human Or Mortal Odyssey By Homer Odysseus
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    Odysseus, son of Laertes, was godlike in many ways, but he also showed some human or mortal characteristics. In The Odyssey by Homer, he shows this in a few ways while on his way home to Ithica from the land of the Lotus-eaters, and also when he is home. Either something upsets him like a human would get upset, or he does something a human would do and normally wouldnt see from a god. First, I noticed when he was escaping for the Cyclops cave, he had to get the last word in: If, O Cyclops, /A mo...
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  • Gift Giving Second Example
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    Hospitality is a way of life in a wide variety of cultures. The ways the people in different cultures act towards their guests may differ. Good hospitality is and was an important part of Greek tradition. In The Odyssey there are examples of Xenia being followed and violated. Xenia is shown time and again throughout The Odyssey. People open their homes up to whoever happens to stumble across them. Throughout their many journeys, both Odysseus and his son Telemachus were invited into many homes. ...
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  • Role Of Women Women In Ancient
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    The views and beliefs of societies are often portrayed in the literature, art, and cinema of a certain era. The epic poems, The Iliad and Odyssey, give scholars and historians an idea how the Ancient Greek lived their everyday lives. By reading the two novels, the reader is able to experience the three thousand years old society of Homer. The various similarities between our society and the societies depicted in the Iliad and the Odyssey are surprising profuse. To name a few: the superfluous vio...
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  • Story Of Oedipus Odyssey Odysseus
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    PART Imagery TAKE HOME TEST PART IVIMAGERY Imagery is used throughout the Odyssey and the story of Oedipus. In the Odyssey, Odysseus is compared to objects, other people and animals. In the story of Oedipus, Oedipus is compared to riddles and objects. In the Odyssey, Odysseus? s adventure brings him through many tragedies and hard time. His name is revealed in the story as being one who suffers. Toward the end of the story he is compared to a lion when he emerges victorious against the suitors a...
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  • Plot Device Character Development
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    When one ponders the Greek mythology and literature, powerful images invariably come to mind. One relives the heroes? struggles against innumerable odds, their battles against magical monsters, and the gods? periodic intervention in mortal affairs. Yet, a common and often essential portion of a heroic epic is the hero? s consultation with an oracle or divinity. This prophecy is usually critical to the plot line, and also to the well being of the main characters. Could Priam have survived in the ...
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  • Furious To Behead Caught The Knees Of Odysseus Phemios
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    During the Odyssey, many singers are mentioned. They told stories of the past and the stories about the gods to entertain the household they were singing for. Singers were well respected because they had a divine gift from the Muses. Phemios and Demodokos are two examples of singers in the poem. Phemios was a singer in the house of Odysseus. While Odysseus was away in battle and his journey home, Phemios was made to sing at Odysseus s house by Penelope s suitors. A herald put the beautifully wro...
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