People from Greece Worshipped gods for Advice and Guidance in The Odyssey

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In the time period of The Odyssey, the people of Greece worshipped the gods for advice and guidance. The gods then decided if they were going to help or ignore their people. This is seen in The Odyssey where Athena decides that she will help save Odysseus. To help save Odysseus, she first decides to talk to his son, Telemachus. Athena, the goddess of wisdom, gives advice to Telemachus. As of this point on, the reader observes a change in Telemachus. From a shy and timid boy now becomes a confident and self-assured man. Telemachus then takes immediate actions and surprises everyone, even his own mother because of his superiority. However Telemachus wouldn't have been responsible for his actions if one individual didn't give advice to…show more content…
Now if you hear your father's alive and heading home, hard-pressed as you are, brave out one more year. If you hear he's dead, no longer among the living then back you come to the native land you come (Book 1, 320-333)."' Athena felt sorry for Odysseus and his family and came to help. She gave Telemachus advice that he eagerly took. Before, Telemachus thought he was talking to one of his father's friends but now he knew that only such advice could have only come from a god. Telemachus uses this advice and takes actions to restore his father's palace. In Book 2 of The Odyssey, Telemachus uses his advices from Athena and takes actions according to it. Telemachus calls a assembly, something that has not happened since Odysseus was king, and scolds the members by making them feel ashamed of themselves for stealing his father’s cattle and wine as they pursue Penelope in order to be king. He calls upon the gods to punish the suitors, ''But I'll cry out to the everlasting gods in hopes that Zeus will pay you back with a vengeance- all of you destroyed in my house while I go scot-free-myself!"' "And to seal his prayer, farseeing Zeus sent down a sign(Book 2, 161-164)." Zeus answers Telemachus' prayers by sending two eagles locked in combat. Halitherses interprets their battle as a sign of Odysseus’s looming return and warns the suitors that they will face a massacre if they don’t leave. Without

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