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CLAS 131 Notes 16

CLAS 131 Notes 16 - CLAS 131 Notes 16 Homer's Odyssey...

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CLAS 131 Notes 16 Homer’s Odyssey Families in the Odyssey Be able to: Explain the importance of family relationships in the Odyssey , and analyze their role in the plot Narrative choices Why did Homer use such a complex narrative structure for the Odyssey (a beginning in medias res , two separate story-lines that merge, an internal narrator delivering a retrospective narrative)? - Creates interest and variety for audience; generates suspense - Highlights certain aspects of the story in order to create thematic emphasis What did Homer choose as his starting point in the narrative of the Odyssey ? - Preface Odysseus’ situation - Athena and Zeus discuss Odysseus - Ithaca: the suitors, Telemachus, Penelope - Telemachus’ dealings with the suitors, visits Nestor and Menelaus Why did Homer choose this as his starting point? - Emphasize importance of Odysseus by depicting his family and friends talking about him - Emphasizes the danger of the situation that he will have to deal with when he returns home
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