Analysis Of ' The Odyssey '

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Close Reading Essay In Book X of the Odyssey, Odysseus gives a tale of his adventure in Circe’s Island. He also tells of his encounter with Circe, (X. 380 - 419). Circe’s equivocation, “Why, Odysseus, dost thou sit thus like one that is dumb, eating thy heart, and dost not touch food or drink? / Dost thou haply forbode some other guile?” (X. 380 - 381), portrays Odysseus sadness and worry for his men. Earlier in this book, he had narrated of how Circe had put a portion in the men’s food that had turned them into swine. He shows great concern for his men, “Circe, what man that is right-minded could bring himself to taste of food or drink, /ere yet he had won freedom for his comrades, and beheld them before his face”, (X. 384 - 385), and proves his determination to free them. In trying to do so, he also exemplifies his heroism, “But if thou of a ready heart dost bid me eat and drink, set them free, that mine eyes may behold my trusty comrades”, (X. 386), and even though he is a proud man, he asks with great humility. Unlike in Book XII where Odysseus heroic acts are in quest for glory, (X11. 115), his actions in Book X are seen as purely selfless. There is the element of repetition as in most epic stories, So they stood there before her, / and she went through the midst of them,/ and anointed each man with another charm. / Then from their limbs the bristles fell away which the baneful drug that queenly Circe gave them had before made to grow, / and…

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