Lecture 07 - The odyssey is a revenge story against the...

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The odyssey is a revenge story against the suitors. There is something built in revenge that calls upon delay. Revenge can turn into a tragedy. There are negative examples of homecomings, like arestes’ revenge and agamemnon’s homecoming. The problem of detention is foregrounded all the way through. Meneleas recalls odysseus at troy. Odysseus is a symbol of restraints. He restrains the Achaeans and eurecleia. The first thread is that odysseus prepares toe xecute his revenge on the suitors. The second thread is the reunion with his wife. Revenge has to precede the reunion. Towards the end of the poem, it is ambiguous. Dreams and omens, prophetic ones, play an increasingly important role. The poem focuses and forces us to concentrate on dreams, omens and prophecies. All of these dreams anticipate the end of the poem while leaving how that victory is going to happen. It puts the emphasis on the audience, and it forces interpretation. The poem follows typical lines.
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Lecture 07 - The odyssey is a revenge story against the...

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