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  • Book Review: A Summary Of Odysseus

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    Summary: Odysseus begins telling his story to the king and queen beginning from when he left Troy and begins with his home island of Ithaca. He tells of how he made Calypso believe that he loved her and then begins filling in details from the Trojan War to being captured by Calypso. He recounts the tails of the land of the Kikonians, the lotus eaters, and then of how the cyclops just wanted to eat all of them and Odysseus had to use trickery in order to escape the island, but is foolish enough to

  • The Static Character in Homer’s Odyssey

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    The Static Character in Homer’s Odyssey The Odyssey, by Homer, translated by W.H.D. Rouse (between 900 and 700 BC.) is "The best story ever written" (7). This is a story about a man named Odysseus Laertiades who went off to war. After winning the war, he and his men were heading home when their ship got off track. They ended up in the land of the Cyclops. They were held captive by a god's, Poseidon Earthholder, son. Odysseus came up with a plan to get out of there which involved poking the Cyclops'

  • Lust in Homer's The Odyssey and Aristophanes’ Lysistrata

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    occurs in Book X on the island of Circe, and the other notable instance occurs in Book XII on Calypso's island of Ogygia. In Book X, Odysseus and his men find themselves on the island of the sorceress, Circe. The men hear her singing and are overcome with lust for her. They say, “There is some one inside working at a loom and singing most beautifully. The whole place resounds with it. Let us call her and see whether she is woman or goddess,” (The Odyssey). Circe transforms Odysseus's men into

  • Racism in Toni Morrison's Song of Solmon

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    where he is a direct descendant of the town's legend, Solomon. It is in this town that Milkman finds himself and becomes his own m... ... middle of paper ... ... lied for it, killed for it," (247). For her revenge, after all of the Butlers died Circe says "I want to see it all go, make sure it does go, and that nobody fixes it up. I brought the dogs in to make sure" (247). She allows everything they loved to be destroyed. Morrison shows readers a side of American History rarely seen. She shows

  • The Women of Homer’s Odyssey

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    the course of his journey, Odysseus meets three different women who want him to be their husband: Circe, Calypso, Nausicca, and finally one woman who is his true wife: Penelope. Each of these women has a profound effect on Odysseus journey home.  Yet, even though these women are much more powerful than ordinary Greek women are they still carry some semblance of the "good female" in Greek society. Circe, though not the first female we meet in Odyssey, is the first woman Odysseus meets on his journey

  • Summary of The Odysssey Book XI

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    Underworld. Why does he have to go to the Underworld? Well, when Odysseus and his men were traveling from island to island to see how to get back home, they arrive on an island where Circe lives. Odysseus' men are invited into Circe's home for a feast. He sends a group of twenty two men and his buddy Eurylochus. They all follow Circe and enjoy the feast. What they do not know is that the food contained some of Circe's magical powers in them. Eurylochus knew this all along, and was very careful in making sure

  • Odysseus' Heroism in The Odyssey

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    heroism through his bravery. When Circe turned his men into swine, Odysseus confronted her: "I drew my sharpened sword and in one bound held it against her throat"("Circe, the Enchantress" lines 54-55). Odysseus is not afraid to face individuals with power like Circe's to protect his men. He was aware of Circe's magical abilities, yet he decided that saving his men was worth risking her wrath. In this situation, Odysseus' fearlessness allowed him to save his men from Circe and prove his heroism. Additionally

  • Odysseus: The Altruistic Hero

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    Romain Rolland once stated: “A hero is a man who does what he can.” Heroes don’t have to be physically strong or have magical powers. True heroes are those who are able to try their best for the sakes of others. No matter what the circumstances are, they will keep on trying as if there is nothing impossible. The ideals of heroism have changed as time goes by, but they still share one common, a hero is the one that can make the impossible possible. Similarly, the epic poem, The Odyssey, by Homer tells

  • Odysseus The Hero

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    Odyssey, Homer’s character Odysseus was an epic hero because he possessed all four of the characteristics. One characteristic that Odysseus had to be an epic hero was that he was highborn. Odysseus was Prince Laertiades of Ithaca. The goddess Circe knew he was highborn and addressed Odysseus with his formal name “Prince Laertiades…'; (p. 120). When his men feared that he was dead and Odysseus returned to them unharmed, from their hearts they said, “You are back again my prince

  • Odyssey Essay: The Portrayal Of Women In The Odyssey

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    and values of the people. Trapped within a cruel, patriarchal social order society, women hold very low statuses in comparison to men. In fact, they are considered objects of male power. Homer uses female characters such as Penelope, Calypso, and Circe to show views of women and how their portrayals represent the patriarchal perspective of their male-centric society. The character of Penelope is portrayed as the archetype of the proper Homeric woman. She is faithful, passionate, and has her heart