Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Odyssey '

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While there are many scenes in the Odyssey which fall under the category of “moments of recognition” there seems to be a general structure to each scene. At first Odysseus tests the person’s loyalty by listening to them and determining whether they hold sympathetic views towards the suitors and whether they wanted him to return to his home. The next phase is a phase of deception in which Odysseus tells a tale to hide his true identity. This is followed by a scene of him foretelling the future which holds that Odysseus will in fact come back sometime in the future. The final section then is obviously the final recognition in which Odysseus revels his true identity to the people he encounters. The first scene of recognition takes place in book 12 when Odysseus finally arrives at the shores of Ithaca and speaks to Athena in disguise as a young boy who was a sheep herdsman PAGE 204. After Odysseus tells a tale about being an exile who killed Orsilochos, Athena reveals her identity and gives him order on how to enter Ithaca without being noticed or succumbing to the suitors. It is important to note that this is the first recognition scene in which Odysseus assumes his real identity, although he does not have to tell Athena since she obviously knows his true identity and can be considered a moment of recognition of Athena by Odysseus. It is crucial that Athena is a key player in this moment of recognition because she has been the God that has favored him and helped him reach
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