OdysseyStudyGuideVIII

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The Odyssey Study Guide Discussion Questions 1. Is Odysseus right to worry about his course of action when he has been assured of success by Athena? 2. Compare Penélopê’s willingness to die in order to see her husband in the underworld (XX.89) to Odysseus’s willingness to give up immortality to return to her. Is their love for each other equal? 3. Compare the scene where Odysseus, Melánthios, and Philoítios cross paths to that of Christ on the cross between the two thieves. This scene, like the one in the New Testament, is meant to be a concise view of justice, but is this justice or merely the fulfillment of the symmetry of fate? 4. What are some of the premonitions that should have warned the suitors of their fates? Are they guilty of ignoring the gods? 5. What is “the test of the bow”? Why does Odysseus stop Telémakhos when he attempts to string it? 6. How important is it to Homer that he establishes the justice of Odysseus’s actions? Does the assistance of Athena give moral authority to his actions? Is the slaughter of the suitors an act of revenge or is it just?
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