Essay 01 - VIC 201Y Ancient and Mediaeval Literary Modes...

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VIC 201Y Diego Olivera Ancient and Mediaeval Literary Modes 997801035 T, R, 1-2 Tuesday, October 05, 2010 NF113 F IRST W RITTEN E XERCISE Question #1 From the beginning of the Odyssey, the hero and protagonist Odysseus’ journey is that of homecoming. He and the Achaeans have waged a decade of war against Troy, and another decade suffering from the whims of the gods. Throughout the supernatural turmoil, the goddess Athena acts as his patroness, constantly loving and supporting him directly and indirectly in places like Ithaca and Ogygia respectively. As Odysseus reaches Ithaca, the sense of his homecoming’s completion is parallel to the finality of the goddess’ hidden nature –finally revealing herself as Athena-. This, however, is not the only link in the relationship these two characters share. This paper seeks to analyze the aforementioned relationship and how the series of events leading to the passage has been both cursed and blessed by gods and demigods alike. One of the first comparisons between Athena and Odysseus is drawn from their natures. Athena is the goddess of wisdom, war and crafts; Odysseus is a wise warrior who is adept at guile. From this, it is clear Athena is most suitable to be his patroness, and his prowess
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