Use of Disguise in Homer's Odyssey

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The Use of Disguise in Odyssey In Homer's Odyssey, the use of disguise to help convey a false identity assists the characters in accomplishing their plans. Without the use of disguise it would thwart Odyssey’s attempts at arriving back to his homeland. Each disguise has its own individual purpose, for example Athene's image as Mentor to advise Telemachos. The main intention being to assist and encourage Telemachos into searching for news of his long lost father without revealing her true identity of divinity. Being old and wise, and more specifically male, enables Athene to place more power behind the words spoken by Mentor. This is since men were received with greater influence and reverence than women were culturally and contextually. Similarly, Odysseus, through... ... middle of paper ... ...d disguiser. Works Cited and Consulted Heubeck, Alfred, J.B. Hainsworth, et al. A commentary on Homer's Odyssey. 3 Vols. Oxford 1988 Homer. The Odyssey. Trans. Robert Fitzgerald. New York: Vintage Books, 1989. Murnaghan, Sheila, Disguise and Recognition in the Odyssey, Princeton UP 1987 Van der Valk, Marchinus. Textual Criticism of the Odyssey. Leiden: A.W. Sijthoff, 1949.
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