A literary analysis of the book twelve of the odyssey by homer

The Odyssey

Odysseus released his hold on the branch, and paddled his raft out of the deadly pass. Her anger at the desecration of one of her temples by a Greek warrior from Troy is the reason that Odysseus was sent wandering for ten years.

He wants to return home and live well in Ithaca; as a result, every step along the way is another test, sometimes, another battle. Odysseus hung desperately to the overhanging branch of a fig tree on the crag adjacent to Charybdis.

Analysis Loyalty and keeping promises are two of the highest virtues in Homer's world. Thus warned and protected, the crew survives temptation, although Odysseus is nearly driven mad by his desire to submit to the Sirens' call.

The Odyssey Book 12 Summary and Analysis

The sun god Helios angrily asked Zeus and the other gods to punish Odysseus's crew for killing his cattle, and Zeus complied. The Odyssey is not a lesson plan for growth; the episodes are not didactic examples of the importance of prudence or anything else.

In contrast, the desire for home is directed outward toward family and friends. Next they must avoid the Clashing Rocks called "Wandering Rocks" or "Rovers" in some translationswhich only the ship of the Argonauts ever escaped.

When they came to Charybdis they carefully sail around the whirlpool, and Scylla grabbed and ate six men. Summary Analysis The men returned to Aeaea, performed all the proper funeral rites for Elpenor, and buried his body. In other ways, however, he seems slow to learn.

Athena- Athena is a goddess daughter of Zeus. As soon as they were out at sea Zeus sent down a storm that destroyed the ship and killed everyone aboard except Odysseus, who hung on to some pieces of wood.

When Aeolus grants the Greeks fair winds to Ithaca, Odysseus falls asleep within sight of home, enabling his suspicious, undisciplined crew to open the bag of ill winds and let loose a tempest that blows them off course.

Not only must he exercise proper judgment, but he must also recognize that, even if things go well, he still loses six good men.

It is widely recognized as one of the great stories of all time, and has been a strong influence on later European, especially Renaissance, literature.

He assures Odysseus that they have plenty of supplies onboard and that, therefore, Odysseys need not worry about his men raiding the island or harming the sacred cattle. Minor Characters Penelope- Penelope is the devoted loving wife of Odysseus. Here Odysseus stops his tale: But the men continue to feast for six more days before sailing away.

Once again, Homer has touched on a universal truth, mankind's struggle with deadly but irresistible appeal.In The Odyssey, Homer employs most of the literary and poetic devices associated with epics: catalogs, digressions, long speeches, journeys or quests, various trials or tests of the hero, similes, metaphors, and divine intervention.

Homer composed The Odyssey in a meter known as dactylic hexameter, which gives the epic its elevated style. Each line has six metrical feet.

Odyssey Literary Analysis

The Odyssey was no exception, however; the majority of the story was created by one person, Homer. The Odyssey was transferred from oral delivery to paper in BC after its predecessor The Iliad. Though little is known of Homer, it is safe to say that he was 4/4(1).

The Odyssey

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The first four books of the Odyssey are sometimes known as the "Telemachy" because they revolve around (guess who) Telemachos.

Somehow, that name never caught on to. Zachary Mason's The Lost Books of the Odyssey () is a series of short stories that rework Homer's original plot in a contemporary style reminiscent of Italo Calvino. The Heroes of Olympus (–) by Rick Riordan is based entirely on Greek mythology and.

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. Summary True to his word, Odysseus returns to Aeaea for Elpenor's funeral rites. Circe is helpful once more, providing supplies and warnings about the journey t Book

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