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The Bewitching Queen of Aeaea

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Elizabeth Awad

on 9 September 2014

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Transcript of The Bewitching Queen of Aeaea

Setting
Summary
Odysseus visits Aeolus, King of Aeolia, where they are treated hospitably and Aeolus gives Odysseus a bag of winds as a gift. While traveling home, his greedy crew look and open the bag which causes them to arrive back on Aeolia. Aeolus, fearing that the gods hate Odysseus does not treat him hospitably the second time and rushes to get Odysseus off of his island. Then, Odysseus and his crew travel to the land of the Laestrygonians, who are giants, but Odysseus using his wit leaves his ship behind, The Laestrygonians end up eating most of his crew and destroying all of his ships. After the tragedy with the Laestrygonians, his remaining crew sail of Aeaea, the land of Circe. Wanting to explore the island, a group of Odysseus crew including Eurylochus go and visit the lustrous Circe only to be turned into pigs. Eurylochus survives and reports back to Odysseus this disastor. On the way to visiting Circe, Odysseus encounters Hermes who gives him advice on how to avoid Circe's spell. After making Circe promise to release his men, Odysseus and his crew spend a year on the island with Circe until Eurylochus "wakes" him up and he realizes his longing to go home again. Circe gives Odysseus permission and tells him he needs to go to the Underworld in order to go home.
Epithets
- "the nymph with lovely braids"
- "son of Laertes"
-"the lustrous one"
Characters
-Odysseus
-Aeolus: King of Aeolia and Master of Winds
-Antiphates: King of Laestrygonians
-Eurylochus
-Circe
-Hermes
-Elpenor

By Kurt Louie and Elizabeth Awad
The Bewitching Queen of Aeaea
- Aeolian Island
-The land of the Laestrygonians
-Aeaea

Questions
-Why did Odysseus return to Aeolus?
- Why does Odysseus' crew open the bag of winds?
-Why does Aeolus not receive him with hospitality the second time around?
- Why does Odysseus have caution when he arrives to the land of the Laestrygonians?
- What does Circe turn Odyseeus' men into?
-If Oddysseus's men are still wary since their run in with the Laestrogynians, why do they so easily fall for Circe's trap?
-Who is the only one that returns and escapes Circe from the original group
-Why does Eurylochus, who was happily able to explore the land of the unknown, so against returning?
- What is Hermes' role on Circe's island?
-What does the elaborate ritual that Circe instruct Oddysseus to do in the Underworld reflect on the Greeks depiction of the dead?


Pay Attention to....
-Aeolus' gift to Odysseus
- Aelous' notion that the gods do not favor Odyseeus
-How Aeolus' attitude changes the second time Odysseus returns to his island
- Odysseus' hesitation on island of Laestrygonians
-Circe and how easily people are lured into her trap
-Eurylochus' fear
-How Hermes helps Odysseus
-Circe and her promise to Odysseus

Important Quotes
They loosed the sack and all the winds burst out and a sudden squall struck and swept us back to sea, wailing, in tears, far from our native land." ( p.232 line 52)

"Away from my island - fast - most cursed man alive!... Crawling back like this- it proves the immortals hate you." (p.232 line 79)

"'Lead me back by the same way that you came.' but [Eurylochus] flung both arms around my knees and pleaded," (p.238 line 290)

"Dangerous for a mortal man to pluck from the soil but not for deathless gods. All lies within their power." (p.240 line 339)

"Only Eurylochus tried to hold my shipmates back, his mutinous outburst aimed at one and all: 'Poor fools, where are we running now? Why are we tempting fate?'" (p.243 line 473)

"But then, when the year was gone and the seasons wheeled by and the months waned and the long days came round again, my loyal comrades took me aside and prodded, 'Captain, this is madness!'" (p.245 line 517)

"My heart longs to be home, my comrades hearts as well. They wear me down pleading with me when you are away." (p. 245 line 532)
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