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Transcript of The Odyssey
In Books 13-15, King Alcinous and his friends send Odysseus on his way home. Odysseus sleeps while the rowers bring him to Ithaca. When he awakens, he fails to recognize his homeland until Athena appears and tells him that he is indeed home.
Athena disguises Odysseus as an old man so that he can surprise the suitors and then encourages him to visit his old, faithful swineherd, Eumaeus.
Athena Warns Telemachus
Eumaeus welcomes the old man and recounts what has been happening since Odysseus has been gone.
Athena goes to Telemachus and tells him to return home. She warns him of the suitors plot to kill him and advises him to stay with the Eumaeus for the night. Telemachus does as she bids.
Reread lines 19-23.
What theme is being developed in this epic simile?
What does the relationship with Telemachus and Eumaeus sound like?
The Beggar at the Manor
In book 17 Odysseus, still disguised as a beggar, arrives with Telemachus at his home. Eumaeus follows. Seeing his dog, Argos, now old and mistreated, saddens Odysseus. When he enters his home, the suitors ridicule him.
A plot device in which the reader knows more than the character knows.
Dramatic irony can create suspense (a feeling of tension or excitement)
1. What character trait does Odysseus show in books 16 and 17? How so?
The Big Question
How does it feel to come home again?
Explain how this simile helps develop the theme that family relationships are deep and enduring.
This passage introduces Telemachus and develops the character of Eumaeus.
What words does the narrator use to describe Telemachus?
How does Telemachus treat Eumaeus? How does he treat Odysseus? What does this tell us about him?
Why might Odysseus and Penelope have chosen a swineherd to help raise their son?
Understanding the Scene
Odysseus goes to Eumaeus' mountain home.
Athena sends Telemachus to Eumaeus' home.
Odysseus thinks Telemachus' footsteps are those of one of Eumaeus' men.
Eumaeus greets Telemachus like a long-lost son.
Telemachus asks about his mother.
Eumaeus says she is waiting for Odysseus.
Telemachus enters, Odysseus moves, and Telemachus stops him.
Eumaeus makes a couch for Telemachus.
They all sit down for a meal.
Why is Telemachus initially doubtful that the man before him is Odysseus, his father?
Character Trait: Emotional
Telemachus - Odysseus' son
He has been away from home, and Athena advises him to come back to Ithaca but beware of the suitors who plan to kill him
Eumaeus - Odysseus' faithful swineherd
He was like a father to Telemachus while Odysseus was gone.
Old Beggar - Odysseus disguised as an old man by Athena
Argos - Odysseus' old, faithful hound
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What does this reveal about about Telemachus and Odysseus?
2. Give one example of dramatic irony in
books 16 and 17. What makes this ironic?
3. Describe Argos' appearance. How does he react
to hearing Odysseus' voice?
List every way Athena has helped Odysseus thus far in the story.
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