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The Odyssey

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Christophe Smith

on 26 September 2012

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Transcript of The Odyssey

This is the tale of Odysseus, the Greek warrior who was lost at sea after the Trojan War. The Odyssey After the Trojan War, Odysseus was blew off his route back to his homeland, Ithaca. He was the only surviving Greek hero that had not returned home. After falling in love with him, Odysseus was held captive by a nymph named Calypso, on the island of Ogygia. By day, he longed for home and to be with his wife and son. By night, Odysseus would lay with the nymph. Meanwhile, in Ithaca, suitors (who believe Odysseus is dead) persist in trying to court Penelope, Odysseus's wife. Penelope tried to tire the suitors out. She tells them that she could not marry until she had woven a very fine and esquisitely wrought shroud for Laertes, odysseus' father. Penelope unwove what she had woven during the day everyday to make more time, but eventually she got caught. Telemachus, who believed his father, Odysseus, was alive, was visited by Athena, the goddess of battle, who watched over Odysseus. Athena, disguised as Odysseus's mentor, Mentor (Mentes), told him to go search for his father. Odysseus arrvies home and is accompanied by Athena who's still presented as a mentor. She reveals herself to him and turns him into a beggar. They go to the palace and Odsseus is met by his son Telemachus who doesn't have a clue who he is. Odysseus reveals himself to his son. They rejoice but they then start to come up with a plan on how to get rid of the suitors. Meanwhile, Penelope gathers the suitors and tells them that he who strings the bow and shoots an arrow straight through twleve rings in a line she will take as her husband. Every single suitor failed. Then the bow got in the hands of Odysseus(the beggar) who strung it and sent the arrow through the twelve rings.
Telemachus and Odysseus then kill each and every suitor one by one. Odysseus then tuns back into his god-like form. Penelope, his wife comes down the hall and sees her husband. She is surprised and is not willing to believe that Odysseus is standing in front of her after twenty years of being missing. They rejoiced for Odysseus was finally home and every heart was glad. Meanwhile, Calypso lets Odysseus go. He then starts his journey back home, and it is not an easy one. First, he arrives at the land of the lotus-eaters. He who eats the flowers will lose their longing for home. He makes his way out and ends up where the cyclops Polyphemus is. Polyphemus proceeds to eat some of Odysseus' men. Odysseus discovers the cyclops's flaw and defeats him. As he sails away, Odysseus yells out his name and home to the cyclops, who tells his father, Poseidon. Poseidon then does everything in his power to get Odysseus back. After that, they remaining men find themselves at the country of winds. They open the bag of winds and get swept away for days untl they come to the country of Laestrygons. These are people of giantic size and cannibals. They attacked every boat expect of Odysseus' boat which didn't enter the habor just yet.
Seeing what happened Odysseus turns around and ends up in Aeaea where the beautiful witch circe lives. She turns all of his men into pigs and put them all in a sty. Odysseus meets up with Hermes who gives him a herb that protects Odysseus from the witches magic. They travel to more places but eventually, Odysseus travels alone and ends back up at Calypso's island. She gives him another ship which is unfortunately shipwrecked by a tempest.Finally after all of his suffering the kings would send Odysseus home. The Hero Archetypes Odysseus, like most romance heroes, embarked on a quest, recieved assistance from supernatural forces, Athena and Hermes, and had one tragic flaw, excessive pride. Seductresses Women play a very important role in the Odyssey. One of the prominent roles is that of the seductress. The sirens enchant Odysseus with their song, Penelope leads on the suitors, and Circe and Calypso are the most obvious. Their love becomes and obsticle for Odysseus' return. The Power of cunning over strength Odysseus has to use his wits over his strength. He knows that he's not stronger than the cyclops, so he has to get around him by exploiting his stupidity. Also, Odysseus relies much on mind than muscle. Odysseus has to use his wits over his strength. He knows that he's not stronger than the cyclops, so he has to get around him by exploiting his stupidity. Also, Odysseus relies much on mind than muscle. The Odyssey is very serious, warlike, yet beautiful and enchanting, Throughout the Odyssey, Odysseus fights for his life to reach his homeland Ithica. He goes through terrible journeys all because he wants to go home. His life is always at risk all because Posiedon wants to give him a hard time. But he manages to overcome every obsticle that lies in his way. But, it's all worth it in the end when he's returned to his wife and son. Even though 20 years have passed, things go back to normal and everyone is pleased that he is back. Tone Final Battle When finally home from his ten-year journey, Odysseus and Telemachus kill Penelope's suitors for their disrespect. Elixir Hermes came to Odysseus to give him a herb which protected him from Circe's magic. Return Odysseus returned to his home, Ithaca. Call to Adventure Odysseus is "called" when he must find his way home from the Trojan War. Tests Odysseus was put through as series of tests, which he passed, but his men did not. This led to their deathes or transformations into pigs. Christophoros (Christopher Smith)
Dasia Travis Which god(dess) watched over Odysseus?
What was one of the archetypes in "The Odyssey"? Explain.
What was Odysseus's tragic flaw and where did he show it?
How did Odysseus get rid of the suitors?
How is Odysseus like modern-day heroes you know of?
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