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Literature 232 2/25/06 A Comparison of Immortality: The Epic of Gilgamesh vs. The Odyssey The Odyssey is very clear in its description of Kalypso’s island. The defining features are first seen when Hermes makes his way to tell Kalypso of Zeus’s bidding that Odysseus be set free. As Herme’s dives down upon the island he sees that “a deep wood grew outside, with summer leaves of alder and black poplar, pungent cypress.” (ln. 69) “Four springs, bubbling up near one another shallow and clear, took channels here and there” (ln. 76) with the beautiful shrubbery and woodlands. Magnificent birds were native to the land and amazing flowers grew throughout. In short, “even a god who found this place would gaze, and feel his heart beat with delight.” (ln. 79). However, Odysseus yearns for something else. While Odysseus is able to maintain everlasting youth and life while residing within the island with Kalypso, the stunning nymph keeps him there as if he is a hostage. She feels as though she is giving him a gift that no other
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