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Unformatted text preview: October 1, 2007 Homers Odyssey Families in the Odyssey Narrative Choices Why did Homer use such a complex narrative structure for the Odyssey (a beginning in medias res , two separate story-lines that merge, an internal narrator delivering a retrospective narrative)? Creates interest and variety for audience; generates suspense What did Homer choose as his starting point in the narrative of the Odyssey ?- Preface: Odysseus situation (1.1-24)- Council of gods (1.24-112)- Ithaca: the suitors, Telem achus, Penelope (1.112-516)- Telem achus de alings with the suitors, visits to Nestor a nd Menelaus (Books 1-4) Why did Hom er choose this as his st arting point?- Emphasizes importance of Odysseus by d epicting his family a nd friends talking a bout him- Emphasizes the d ang er of the situation that h e will h ave to de al with when he does re ho m e- Establishes focus of poe m: not the voyag es the m s elves, but the restoration of family relationships (father a nd son, husb and a nd wife) a nd the reest ablish m ent of the hous...
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This note was uploaded on 05/01/2008 for the course CLAS 131 taught by Professor James during the Fall '07 term at UNC.
- Fall '07
- The Odyssey