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...p of Teiresias of Thebes and Agamemnon, Odysseus gained much more knowledge of things that may occur in the future. He receives tips and information of what lies ahead of him in the future. The position of Book XIV plays an important role as it is near the heart of the epic. It helps to tie in the poem all together and brings all of the various setting introduced to the reader in a more manageable chunk. The break in the story helps us remember who he is talking to and the purpose of this long narrative. His narrative is almost three books long, and this break keeps the reader entranced and makes it easier for them to remember everything that is going on. Odysseus’ journey to the Underworld not only will change the things he does in the future, but it helps explain the backstory of his life and why he is in the current position he is in.
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