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The Odyssey, book 17:
Transcript of The Odyssey, book 17:
Telemachus leaves Odysseus at Eumaeus' hut, to go tell his mother news on Odysseus. However, he hide the truth that he saw his father, alive and well. Meanwhile, Odysseus ( disguised) and Eumaeus heads into town, where Odysseus get in a conflict with one of the suitors. Which later, escalated when another suitor threw a stool at Odysseus, when he was begging for food in his own house. Lastly, the book ends when Penelope asks to talk to the disguised Odysseus.
Important characters and places....
The conventions of the epic
The epic hero
Analysis of Odysseus
'' While he spoke an old hound, lying near, pricked up his ears and lifted his muzzle. This is Argos, trained as a puppy by Odysseus, but never taken on a hunt before his master sailed for Troy.... But he had grown old in his master's absence. Treated as rubbish now, he lay at last upon a mass of dung... (p. 390)''
Previously on book 16....
Telemachus come backs home to meet the disguised Odysseus at Eumaeus' hut.
Athena remove Odysseus' disguise to his son, Telemachus, where they later share a teary reunion between father and son.
Then after, Odysseus and his son, Telemachus, discuss a plan to take revenge on the suitors at Odysseus' house. The end.
The Odyssey, book 17:
The beggar at the manor
When Odysseus walks into his house, he notices his dog, Argos. That he trained as a puppy for hunting, but never did because he had to sail for war. Now Argos is old and is dying on pile of dung because everyone abuse him. Odysseus cried as he see his dog in poor conditions. By crying, Odysseus show us a side of him that we never saw before. A sympathetic side of him under that rough exterior of being warrior for too long and being in so many wars that cause him to bury the very good traits that make him human.
Odysseus is a epic hero because he plan to take revenge and kills all of the suitors by using his knowledge that he learn from the war.
Long catalogues of peoples
this convection of epic happens in the story because there is a long list of peoples that is irrelevant to the story. For an example: Mentor, Antiphos, Halitherses, Theoklymenos, etc....
Luis G. Rosales