An analysis of the epic story of the odyssey

Structure The Odyssey is written in dactylic hexameter. Twelve women servants who were sympathetic to the suitors are hanged in the courtyard. The Cyclops then throws the top half of a mountain at him and prays to his father, Poseidon, saying that Odysseus has blinded him.

Curiosity compels Odysseus to explore the land of the Cyclops, a race of uncivilized, cannibalistic, one-eyed giants.

She is hesitant but recognizes him when he mentions that he made their bed from an olive tree still rooted to the ground.

The Odyssey

Father and son meet; Odysseus identifies himself to Telemachus but still not to Eumaeusand they decide that the Suitors must be killed. Aeolus gave Odysseus a sealed bag containing all the contrary winds, so that they could not block his homeward voyage.

The poem was intended for oral performance. On his homeward journey, Odysseus was forced to sail past the isle of the sirens, maidens who by their beautiful voices drew men to their death on treacherous rocks. She turned half of his men into swine after feeding them drugged cheese and wine.

In the Classical periodmoreover, several of the books individually and in groups were given their own titles: The guest and host exchange gifts, the guest is granted a safe journey home and departs. Arriving in the land of the Cyclops, the one-eyed monsters who herded giant sheep, Odysseus and twelve of his men were caught by a Cyclops, Polyphemus, who ate the men one by one, saving Odysseus until last.

Penelope plans an impossible feat of strength to free herself of her suitors. In the course of his seven years in captivity on Ogygiathe island of Calypsoshe has fallen deeply in love with him, even though he has consistently spurned her offer of immortality as her husband and still mourns for home.

As he sails away from the island of the Cyclopes, he shouts his name and boasts that nobody can defeat the "Great Odysseus".

Next Odysseus met the spirit of his own mother, Anticleawho had died of grief during his long absence. This is appropriate, however, as Homer was elaborating on a story which would have been very familiar to his listeners, and there was little likelihood of his audience being confused, despite the numerous sub-plots.

Questions may be asked of the guest and entertainment should be provided by the host. Her home is also associated with the sun: Books Known as "The Wanderings of Odysseus," this section is the most famous of the epic. Calypso is a beautiful, lustful nymph who wants to marry Odysseus and grant him immortality, but he longs for Penelope and Ithaca.

A best-selling verse translation by Robert Fagles was praised for employing language both contemporary and timeless. Rieu, inRobert Fitzgeraldand Richmond Lattimore Despite the help of Aeolus, King of the Winds, Odysseus and his crew were blown off course again just as home was almost in sight.

Providing food and drink to the guest. From her, he got his first news of his own household, threatened by the greed of the Suitors. Reunited with his son and with the assistance of Athena and his faithful swineherd Eumaeus, Odysseus returns to his home palace disguised as a beggar.

Odysseus and the Sirens, eponymous vase of the Siren Painterc. Her island, Aeaeais located at the edges of the world and seems to have close associations with the sun. An early example of this is the boar hunt that gave Odysseus the scar by which Eurycleia recognizes him; Odysseus is injured by the boar and responds by killing it.

The guest should be given a place to sleep and both the guest and host retire for the night. The character of Odysseus embodies many of the ideals the ancient Greeks aspired to: Afterwards, he hears the blind singer Demodocus perform two narrative poems.

She encourages him to seek the hospitality of her parents, Arete and Alcinous or Alkinous. The original work may not have been constructed into the 24 books known to the contemporary reader, and the parts were certainly not in codex form.

Released by the intercession of his patroness Athenathrough the aid of Hermeshe departs, but his raft is destroyed by his divine enemy Poseidonwho is angry because Odysseus blinded his son, Polyphemus.

The suitors laugh scornfully at his presumption. Telemachus also hears from Helen, who is the first to recognize him, that she pities him because Odysseus was not there for him in his childhood because he went to Troy to fight for her and also about his exploit of stealing the Palladium, or the Luck of Troy, where she was the only one to recognize him.

It is written in Homeric Greek an archaic version of Ionic Greek, with admixtures from certain other dialects such as Aeolic Greekand comprises 12, lines of dactylic hexameter verse, usually divided up into 24 books. His intelligence is a mix of keen observation, instinct and street smarts, and he is a fast, inventive liar, but also extremely cautious.

When Penelope, in her room, hears what the purported beggar did, husband and wife are happily reunited. At the palace of Menelaus and Helen, for whom the Trojan War was waged, Telemachus learns that Odysseus is a prisoner of the nymph Calypso on her island of Ogygia in the Mediterranean Sea.

Just as Ithaca came into sight, the greedy sailors naively opened the bag while Odysseus slept, thinking it contained gold.Homer titled his epic poem The Odyssey after the Greek hero Odysseus.

Today, the word "odyssey" means an epic journey like that of Odysseus, whose ten-year struggle to return home to Ithaca is considered one of the greatest journeys in all of literature. Millenia after Homer wrote The Odyssey, the poem is still being taught in schools worldwide.

The Odyssey Analysis

(Click the infographic to download.) Along with Homer's Iliad, The Odyssey is one of ancient Greece's two great epics. (Actually, they sort of defined what an epic. When he finishes his story, the Phaeacians return Odysseus to Ithaca, where he seeks out the hut of his faithful swineherd, Eumaeus.

Though Athena has disguised. The Odyssey (/ ˈ ɒ d ə s i /; Greek: Ὀδύσσεια Odýsseia, pronounced [ultimedescente.com] in Classical Attic) is one of two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer. It is, in part, a sequel to the Iliad, the other work ascribed to Homer.

The Odyssey is Homer's epic of Odysseus' year struggle to return home after the Trojan War. While Odysseus battles mystical creatures and faces the wrath of the gods, his wife Penelope and his son Telemachus stave off suitors vying for Penelope's hand and Ithaca's throne long enough for Odysseus to return.

The Odyssey study guide contains a biography of Homer, literature essays, a complete e-text, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis. About The Odyssey The Odyssey Summary.

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