CLAS 131 Notes 15

CLAS 131 Notes 15 - CLAS 131 Notes 15 Be able to: - Explain...

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CLAS 131 Notes 15 Be able to: - Explain the difference between the storyline and the narrative structure - Describe the narrative structure of the Odyssey - Identify the different types of storytellers and narrators in the Odyssey - Discuss the factors that determine the reliability of narrators, and how these relate to the character of Odysseus Narrative Structure - Storyline: order in which the events actually take place - Narrative structure: order in which the author narrates the events Odyssey : complex narrative structure - Begins in medias res , ‘in the middle of things’ - Begins with two separate story lines (Telemachus and Odysseus) that eventually merge - Contains retrospective narrative (‘flashback’) in Books 9-12 Odyssey : Story-Line (Order of events) - Books 9-12: Odysseus’ adventures up to Calypso - Books 1-4: Telemachus from Ithaca to Sparta Books 5-8: Odysseus from Calypso to Phaeacians - Books 13-16: Odysseus and Telemachus ( - Books 17-24: Odysseus’ revenge and resolution of plot Story-Tellers in the Odyssey Professional story-tellers: bards or rhapsodes Examples? Demodocus- Blind story teller for Phaeacians (8.550-126, 287-
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CLAS 131 Notes 15 - CLAS 131 Notes 15 Be able to: - Explain...

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