Literary Response to The Odyssey

Literary Response to The Odyssey - he was really the great...

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Frank Garcia Lit Hum Professor Sharon Fulton September 29, 2010 “Do not cross me with evil purpose, but rescue these possessions and me” (ll 229-30). - Odysseus “And now again I am here, to help you in your devising of schemes, and to hide the possessions …” (ll 303-4). - Athena “Rather let us hide these possessions without delay” (ll 362-3). – Athena Once Athena reveals herself to him, and announces to Odysseus that he is indeed in the land of his father Athena says that she expects him to rejoice and run off to see his family. But instead, Odysseus focuses on the gifts and making sure they do not become someone else’s spoil. Even after his homecoming Odysseus cannot lose his desire to be glorified. He wants to return home bearing gifts. He wants to show off his success in times of great affliction. This makes me question more and more his accounts of his adventures. When I think back on the story he told the Phaiakians of his journey I now question whether
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Unformatted text preview: he was really the great hero he claims himself to be. Did he really do all that he claims to have done? Why doesnt he give more credit to his crew and the Gods? Odysseus says to Athena in this same chapter that he had thought he had been abandoned by her after the Trojan War where he knew she was right beside him, in other words; Odysseus thought that he had made him journey home alone, without the help of the Gods. Homer writes this book and the Iliad perfectly, with amazing similes and metaphors and great use of story-telling, etc. .. It seems as if he planned and executed everything perfectly in the writing of this book. Therefore does that mean that Homer wants us to have our own doubts and take what Odysseus says with a grain of salt? What is he saying about a hero, and his character?...
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This note was uploaded on 09/08/2011 for the course HUMA 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '11 term at Columbia.

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