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Throughout Homer’s Odyssey , the power of the gods is shown time and again, but the power of deceit seems to be an even stronger force. Whether it has been deceiving a giant by hiding under sheep, hiding the complete truth about what lies ahead to his men, or even tricking a goddess about her own poisoned wine, Homer has made Odysseus a very deceitful person. By attributing deceit to the protagonist, the Odyssey makes it very clear that deceit itself is necessary for him to survive his incredible journey home. Athena uses deceit to both show dominance and respect towards Odysseus, something he requires to reach his ultimate goal. She explains how Odysseus “never recognized” her until she revealed herself, showing that even if she admires him, she still wants him remember her incredible powers (13.340). This leads to her admittance about how she “shields [him] in every exploit,” again making the reader see Athena as an all powerful being who holds the key to Odysseus’ salvation (342). She continues by saying that she will “weave a scheme” to hide his treasure,
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This note was uploaded on 09/14/2009 for the course BIO biology taught by Professor Meighan during the Spring '09 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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