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Class Notes 9/26/07 We began class by writing responses to one of two questions/prompts: -What are your impressions of the very end of the poem? -Characterize Odysseus. In regards to the first prompt, we asked why the last book is included in the narrative, as it seems very anticlimactic. Do we have closure at the end of The Odyssey ? As for the second prompt, we asked whether or not Odysseus changes when he comes home, whether his journey changes him. Is he a one-dimensional character, or does he have a “good and bad side”? Some responses from the class: -Odysseus could be seen as a weak character as he always has the support of the Gods, so he knows that he will be successful, which is where he gets his bravery from, and it is in fact Athena who gives Odysseus his wisdom. -Odysseus is manipulative for only strategic purposes, so his wit is really just another weapon. -Would you like to be on Odysseus’s side in battle? He is a great warrior, but it seems as if everyone else on his side always ends up dead. Discussion of Penelope
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course HUMA C1001 taught by Professor Armetta during the Fall '07 term at Columbia.

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