Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Odyssey ' Essay

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The Telemachy serves as a prelude to, or a microcosm of Homer 's epic poem, 'The Odyssey '. The entire narrative sequence of these first four books foreshadows the inevitable fate of Odysseus despite his adventures actually taking place twenty years before Telemachos ' cathartic experience with the suitors. The epic narrative serves as a bridge between the stories of Telemachos and Odysseus; Telemachos must partake on a quest to gain wisdom and will face many struggles on his way. Almost in a mock replication of this, Homer drags out the adventures of his father Odysseus, who, despite being older and more experienced, makes more mistakes due his hubris. Foreshadowed throughout is the theme of justice from the gods; immediately Homer alludes to the gods taking revenge on the suitors for being the antithesis of hospitality, foreshadowed in their council early on in the Telemachy. The indecent slaughter of Odysseus ' animals with no supplication to the gods jarringly contrasts with the hospitality of Nestor later in the epic, juxtaposing the ignoble and noble attitudes of both parties. This augurs the inevitable slaughter of the suitors by noble Odysseus (often given as his epithet). Telemachos states:

You should be ashamed yourselves, mortified in the face of neighbours living round about!
Fear the gods ' wrath – before they wheel in outrage and make these crimes recoil on your heads[1]

The dishonoring of Odysseus ' household, and fulfilling of physical needs (which…

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