Lecture 08 - Out of the story comes a picture of harmony...

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Out of the story comes a picture of harmony and the symbol itself comes from the violence. The poem is ambiguous until she recognizes odysseus. The question of the delay in recognition is a continuation of reading. The abruptness of this decision is really important (the bow contest). She might have invented the dream in order to question the beggar. Her skepticism is a reminder of the task not being easy. Another possibility is that she does not fully recognize him. The poem means to lay stress on the tension of penelope’s situation. Her situation has to be suspended animation. If she reveals herself, she may be wrong. In book 20, odysseus hears Penelope weeping. It seems to him in his heart she has already recognized him. Since the final crisis of the suitors is coming, he cannot tell her just yet. He needs Penelope and Telemachus to act. Harmony. Likemindedness. Happy households. Radiance of athena’s lamp. Light and victory, phaos, are the same word. Fire purges. House needs a purging. The whole house is cleansed by odysseus. The purging of the
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Lecture 08 - Out of the story comes a picture of harmony...

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