Odyssey Literary Analysis

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The Author and his Times

The author of the Odyssey, to this day, remains unknown. Early Greeks have accredited works such as the "Homeric Hyms", The Iliad, and The Odyssey to an individual by the name of Homer. However, there are some scientists that insist these said works were product of a group of people and not one man. This particular group of scientists claims that the subject matter of the writings is too diverse for them to have been the product of just one person. Despite these differing opinions the general consensus is still that Homer is the author. By analyzing the dialects used in the above works, Ionic and Aeolic, experts have derived that Homer 's origin is some where in the western part of Asia Minor. He could
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Telemachus is good-hearted and courageous, but lacks confidence, especially when confronting the suitors. He functions as an obstacle for the suitors and is plotted against by many of them.

Minor Characters

Penelope- Penelope is the devoted loving wife of Odysseus. She remains loyal to Odysseus for the entirety of the story despite the countless suitors that bother her every day. She is a strong woman and a loving wife and mother. Her role in the story is as an incentive for Odysseus. She is the main reason that Odysseus wishes to return to Ithaca. Athena- Athena is a goddess daughter of Zeus. 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. Ironically, Athena aids Odysseus throughout his journey. She takes the form of humans in order to help Odysseus, one of which is the family friend Mentor. She also disguises Odysseus as a beggar in order for him to gather important information about the suitors. Though Athena is known for aiding Odysseus, she does intervene to such a point as to eliminate human choice. She tips the scales, but makes sure to leave the outcome dependent upon humans.

Setting

Ithaca – Ithaca is Odysseus ' home town that he hasn 't been to in ten years. His

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