Lecture 06 - Book 13 is dominated by leaving scheria and...

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Book 13 is dominated by leaving scheria and going to ithaka. The juxtaposition is advanced to primitive. the phaiakians have stilled or suspensed the brief of odysseus only by taking his curse, the anger of Poseidon, upon themselves. The mark of odysseus is the mark of inevitable suffering. when he leaves scheria he breaks the link. The fantasy world, the world where all things are good, is left for ithaka. The last vision of the phaiakians is a vision of them being there and suddenly odysseus awakes in ithaka and they are left in a state of trouble and uncertainty. With suffering comes trouble and uncertainty. The next point is that no longer will scheria be accessible to human kind. The link is broken. The loss of that world is odysseus’ gain. The phaiakian episode has led to clarification of his humanness. He can reaccept the conditions of reality on ithaka. He can adapt with guile, craft and determination. The phaiakians represent beauty, joy, gaiety, and their culture is a bit bland. It depends on what alkinoos says about them: they are
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Lecture 06 - Book 13 is dominated by leaving scheria and...

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