Three Symbols in The Odyssey

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The Odyssey Final Assessment: Three Symbols 1. The Curse (page 161) When Cyclops set a curse on Odysseus, it set the course for the rest of the story. Cyclops asked his father, Poseidon, to make Odysseus’s journey home long and torturous, because Odysseus put out the Cyclops’s eye. The Cyclops prayed to his father, Poseidon, “He shall see his roof again among his family in his father land, far be that day, and dark the years between. Let him lose all companions, and return under strange sail to bitter days at home.” For the next six chapters, Odysseus fights the elements, losses all of the men in his company, and returns home to witness scores of suitors eating his food, living in his home, and attempting to marry his wife. The …show more content…

3. Tiresias (pages 188-189) Odysseus learns vital information from Tiresias that affect Odysseus later in the story. Tiresias informed Odysseus that he must kill the suitors in his home in Ithaca. At the end of the story, Odysseus has a great battle with the suitors and kills them all. Odysseus also learned that the curse was upon him. He found out that Poseidon is behind the awful journey that he and his crew are going through. Odysseus tries to make Poseidon and the other gods happy with him for the rest of the book. The curse affects Odysseus’s clan after this event and finally ends up being the death of all the men and Odysseus’s exile for many years. The final thing Tiresias tells Odysseus exactly how he will die. Odysseus tells Penelope this information later in the story. Tiresias explains these three prophecies to Odysseus just like this: “Great captain a fair wind and the honey lights of home are all you seek. But anguish lies ahead; the god who thunders on the land prepares it, not to be shaken from your track, implacable, in rancor for the son whose eye you blinded. … Though you survive alone bereft of all companions, lost for years, under strange sail shall you come home, to find your own house filled with trouble: insolent men eating your livestock as they court your lady. Aye, you shall make those men atone in blood! … Then a seaborne death soft as this hand of mist will come

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