Characters in Helen of Troy

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CHARACTERS

MORTALS:

AGAMEMNON
The leader of the Achaean expedition to Troy, he was the King of Mycenae. On his return from Troy he was murdered by his wife Clytemnestra, and her lover Aegisthus. The lover was the son of Thyestes, the brother and enemy of Atreus, Agamemnon's father. When Odysseus voyages to Hades he meets with Agamemnon's ghost.

ALCINOUS
The King of the Phaeacians and husband of Arete, who had a daughter called Nausicaa. Nausicaa helps Odysseus when he first arrives in their land. The King is a gracious ruler and is instrumental in assisting Odysseus in returning to Ithaca.

ANTINOUS
He is the leader of the suitors that besiege Penelope, and the other suitors copy his cruelty and greed. He mistreats Odysseus when
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TELEMACHUS
The son of Odysseus and Penelope, he is just entering adulthood, but is reluctant to take full responsibility for the position in his father's household. However, we observe a quick maturing during the final passages of the poem and he obtains the confidence to become more assertive in dealing with the suitors. It is widely thought that he married Circe.

TIRESIAS
He is the most famous of all Greek soothsayers, who was compensated by the gods for his blindness by his incredible visionary powers. Odysseus consults with his spirit in Hades and he provides vital information concerning the dangers that await and how he can achieve success and a happy life.

THE GODS and SUPERNATURAL BEINGS

AEOLUS
He is the keeper of the winds and lives on a mysterious floating island with his wife and twelve sons and daughters. He gives Odysseus a gift which is a large leather bag containing adverse winds.

ATHENA (Latin - MINERVA)
She is the daughter of Zeus and goddess of wisdom and arts. Odysseus is her favorite mortal and she is always a guiding influence and spirit for our hero. She represents the Odyssey's heroine and she intercedes on Odysseus' behalf by making representations to Zeus and the other gods. Of all the gods, she is the one that walks with the mortals most often. She enjoys an interesting relationship with Odysseus and one feels that only she can offer him true understanding and companionship, especially when separated

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