The Odyssey
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The Odyssey
The Odyssey tells of Odysseus journey home after the devastating war of Troy (or as Penelope calls it, Destroy.) It recounts the devastating adventures of one man yearning to return to his native land, an ache that burrows deep into his very soul. A thirst, that took ten years to quench. However, this novel speaks not only of Odysseus voyage but also of Telemachus, his son, through the first four books known as Telemachy.

The books of Telemachy are often criticized as they deter the audiences attention away from Odysseus. However, these four books allow the onlookers to better understand the traditions, and culture of the ancient Greeks. Books one to four give the spectators a better knowledge of one of the major themes of the Odyssey, Xenia. This is often defined as the guest-host relationship, as in English, we do not have a word whish means the same thing. The books also give Telemachus a chance to prove his maturity and allow us, as readers to compare Agamemnons tale to Odysseus.

Throughout the rest of the Odyssey we are shown time and time again the superb skills he has as a rhetorician, his unbelievable ability to mold his speech to charm the addressee. These intriguing and exhilarating books can hardly be explained, as it is impossible to find the words to replace Homers (or the translators). Through Robert Fagles translation I was able to get a general understanding of Odysseus adventures, but upon further inspection I realized that the novel is filled with much deeper and more enhanced stories. In general, however, books five to twenty-four speak gallantly of Odysseus escape form Calypsos island and his arrival at Phaeacia. During this stay Odysseus tells King Alcinous about his encounter with Cyclops, Poseidons son. Odysseus also speaks of his visit with Aeolus, Circe, and the ghosts of the Underworld. His tale describes his experiences while he passed the Sirens and steered through the immortal Scylla. At this, Odysseus is granted safe passage home to his native land Ithaca. Nonetheless, upon his arrival he is forced to deal with the suitors as well as exterminate those of his maidservants who have been contaminated by the suitors. It is only then, that

Odysseus finally reveals himself to Penelope and truly convinces her.

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