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OdysseyStudyGuideI - 6 Who is Orestes and why is he...

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The Odyssey Study Guide Books I & II CC 101 Discussion Questions 1. Why does the narrator reveal the homecoming of Odysseus early in the poem (l.34)? What is the effect of this knowledge on the rest of the poem? 2. Does the poem support the contention of Zeus that people, not the gods, are responsible for their own misfortunes? Is there evidence of the gods scripting or intervening in human events? 3. Which gods favor Odysseus and which gods hinder him? What are the reasons for their patronage or disfavor? 4. In the first book the narrator establishes the importance of kleos and xenia . Can you look up these terms and find out what they mean? Where are these concepts emphasized in book one? 5. How are the suitors first presented? What are considered to be their most serious offenses? Why? How does the narrator establish the moral right to kill them?
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Unformatted text preview: 6. Who is Orestes and why is he mentioned twice in the beginning of The Odyssey ? 7. How is Telémakhos presented in book one? Is he self-confident? resourceful? Respected by others? 8. How does the assembly at the opening of book two establish his authority? 9. How do the suitors respond to Telémakhos? What is their tone? Why do they blame Penelope for their presence? 10. Examine the roles of the maids in book two. How important are they to the development of the story? 11. What is the significance of the omen of Zeus? How do the suitors respond to its appearance? 12. What role does Athena play in the development of Telémakhos? Names to Remember Penelope Eurykleia Telemakhos Akhaians Suitors Danaans Antinoos Mentor Eurymakhos Mentes...
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