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The Odyssey : The Three Values In The Odyssey

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Colby Canova
Ms. Thomen
Mythology – Mod 2
November 3, 2017
The Odyssey

The three values found throughout the odyssey are as follows: Hospitality, Humility, and Home/Family life. When reading the odyssey, we can see these values present; especially when using textual evidence. While reading we should be aware this takes place ten years after the fall of Troy. We also should be aware that Odysseus, the hero, has not returned to his kingdom in Ithaca during this time. Everyone in the kingdom takes Odysseus as dead, except for his wife Penelope who remained faithful to the lost hero. Odysseus was imprisoned by Calypso who had fallen in love with him and kept him on her island, Ogygia. Meanwhile on Mount Olympus, Zeus sent Hermes to save
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We can see the first instance of humility when Athena had disguised Odysseus as a beggar. Despite the beggar’s appearance, Eumaeus warmly invited him in and nourished him in the hut. Shortly afterwards, Odysseus met Telemachus and devises a plan to reestablish control of Ithaca. When Odysseus appeared at the palace the next day, still have being disguised as a beggar, he endures countless amounts of abuse and insults from the suitors. However, Penelope takes a liking to the beggar, questioning if the man before her might be her husband. Penelope arranges to have an archery contest and promises to marry which ever man who was capable of stringing Odysseus’s bow and firing an arrow through a row of twelve axes—something only Odysseus would be capable of accomplishing. During the contest, each suitor attempts to string the bow and with no luck was able to do so without messing up in some manner. When Odysseus stepped up to take his turn at the bow, with little exertion, he fires an arrow through all twelve axes. After proving himself, Odysseus then takes aim on the suitors. He and Telemachus, with the assistance of few servants, kill every last suitor. Having been mistaken for being a weak beggar allowed the hero to get close and release his true power upon these suitors. Thus showing the value of humility was a well respected value of this culture.
The value of Home can be found in the later to last sections of the Odyssey, these
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