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Book Report

The Odyssey

Nikolas Surface

on 13 November 2009

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Main Characters Setting Humans * Odysseus - main character of the book; fought in the Trojan War
* Penelope - wife of Odysseus
* Telemachus - son of Odysseus and Penelope
* Laertes - father of Odysseus
* Eumaeus - keeper of Odysseus's pigs who gives him a place to stay when he returns to Ithaca
* Euryclea - an old nurse of Odysseus's who knows him by the scar on his leg Monsters * Polyphemus - a giant Cyclops who is blinded by Odysseus
* Sirens - beauties who seduce men with their singing
* Scylla - a six-headed monster and man-eater Gods and Goddesses * Zeus - king of the gods and ruler of the sky
* Poseidon - king of the sea and brother of Zeus
* Hades - ruler of the house of the dead
* Athena - daughter of Zeus, goddess of intelligence, the arts, and war
* Hermes - messenger of the gods Lesser Gods * Calypso - an island nymph on Ogygian who holds Odyssues prisoner
* Circe - daughter of the sun, goddess of the wild
* Aeolus - keeper of the winds Since the story is about wanderings, the setting of the Odyssey wanders all over the place. The two most common settings are on Olympus where the gods decide the fate or Odysseus, and back home in Ithaca where Telemachus and Penelope. Summary The Trojan War was over. The clever Greek Odysseus had tricked the enemy into bringing a colossal wooden horse within the walls of Troy. The Trojans had no idea that Greek soldiers were hidden inside, under the command of Odysseus.
The Greeks had been been laying siege to Troy for nine long years, but suddenly it looked like their whole army had departed, leaving the horse behind.

That night, while the Trojans slept, Odysseus and his men emerged from the horse's belly. Opening the city gates, they admitted their comrades, who had snuck back in the dark.

Troy was sacked and the Trojans utterly vanquished. Now it was time for Odysseus and his fellow warriors to return to their kingdoms across the sea. Here begins the tale of the Odyssey, as sung by the blind minstrel Homer.
Timeline Fought in the Trojan War Sacked island of Ismarus Blown to the land of the Lotus-eaters Visited land of the Cyclops Blown off course by Aeolus's bag of wind Journeyed to the land of giant Laestrygonians Visited Circe, who turned men into pigs Journeyed to Hades to speak to the ghosts of the dead Sailed by the sirens Slipped by Scylla and Charybdis
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