Rewards of Home

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Rewards of Home January 30, 2008 Keyterms: o Ithaca o Penelope o Autolycus o Laertes o Pan How does Odysseus reclaim his position?  o In terms of his family and community Penelope: weaves funeral blanket for ill Laertes and secretly unweaving it at night o Used to delay marriage and trick suitors o Overlapping characteristics: like Odysseus; cunning ,clever Penelope, Calypso, Circe: all weave on looms o Odysseus' relations with Circe and Calypso results in 2 sons (Latinus,  Teleganos) o Odysseus is not the only character who is sneaky and deceptive In land of Phaeacian: o Athena enhances Odysseus' appearance and identity Deception and divine intervention Odyssey XIII, lines 119-128 "The crew disembarked, lifting Odysseus Out of the ship-sheet, carpet, and all- And laying him down, sound asleep, on the sand. Then they hauled from the ship all of the goods The Phaeacian lords had given him As he was going home-all thanks to Athena. They piled these together near the bole of the olive, Away from the path, fearing that someone Might come along before Odysseus awoke And rob him blind."   o Sleeping through the final part of his journey o Coming home as one not in control Athena spreads haze in order to delay Odysseus's homecoming Odyssey XIII, lines 226-234 And he set about counting the hammered tripods, The cauldrons, the gold, the finely woven clothes.
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Nothing was missing. It was his homeland he missed As he paced along the whispering surf-line Utterly forlorn. And then Athena was beside him In the form of a young man out herding sheep. She had the delicate features of a prince, A fine-spun mantle folded over her shoulders, Sandals on her glistening feet, a spear in her hand.   Odyssey XIII, lines 410-419 More than one of these suitors destroying your home Will spatter the ground with their blood and brains. Now let's see about disguising you. First, I'll shrivel the skin on your gnarly limbs, And wither that tawny hair. A piece of sail-cloth Will make a nice ugly cloak. Then We'll make those beautiful eyes bleary and dim. You'll look disgusting to all the suitors, as well as to The wife and child you left behind in your halls. But you should go first to your swineherd.   o Swineherd: trusted by both father and son Thesis: Relationships must be forged anew to return, to reclaim one's identity.  o Reconnect with family and community o Giving up adventure and journey: hardest part Odyssey XVI, lines 183-191 With this, she touched him with her golden wand. A fresh tunic and cloak replaced his rags,
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