The Odyssey, By Homer

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The Odyssey, written by Homer, is an epic poem that follows the victorious footsteps of Odysseus, a Greek hero, as he begins his journey to return home to Ithaca. The poem takes place between 750 and 650 B.C. in Greece, shortly after the Trojan War between the city of Troy and King of Sparta. Athena, daughter of Zeus and the goddess of wisdom, is a character that appears in disguise throughout the whole story. She controls when to disguise herself and when to make herself known; essentially having the ultimate power to mask herself at any particular time. Athena chooses disguise as a tool to communicate with mortals because she wants to indirectly guide Telemachus in order to find Odysseus while ultimately building her character as a goddess. In the beginning books of The Odyssey, Athena is a timid character in the presence of other powerful gods. When interacting with mortals, she is in disguise because she is afraid to show her true self, afraid of what the outcome might be. The first time she introduces herself to Telemachus, she is in the form of Odysseus’s old friend, Mentes. She ensures Telemachus that Odysseus is alive when she says, “He won’t be gone long from the native land he loves” (1.236). This puts his heart to ease and vanishes his worries. It gives him hope and provides an optimistic view upon Odysseus’s return.
Athena gives a speech that lures other gods to support her and her plan, thus enhancing her confidence in herself and the power she holds. She

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