Essay Analysis Of ' The Odyssey '

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Additionally, Minerva shows herself as Ulysses’ supernatural aid in Book 1 as well. Following Jove’s grievance over Aegisthus’ death, Minerva petitions for Ulysses’ freedom from goddess Calypso, crying, “it is for Ulysses that my heart bleeds” (Homer, The Odyssey, 1). Bring attention to Ulysses’ cause, Minerva persuaded Jove to call upon for Ulysses’ release. Minerva then left for Ithaca to prepare for Ulysses’ arrival. She set out to inspire Telemachus “to call the Achaeans in assembly, and speak out to the suitors, who persist in eating up any number of his sheep and oxen” and then sent Telemachus in search of his father, “for this will make people speak well of him." (Homer, The Odyssey, 1)
As Telemachus prepared for his journey, Minerva, in his likeness, went throughout the town gathering the crew and acquiring a ship. At sunset, now in Mentor’s form, Minerva called for Telemachus. “Telemachus," said she, "the men are on board and at their oars, waiting for you to give your orders, so make haste and let us be off." With this, Telemachus met his crew at the vessel, crossed the threshold, and sailed into the night in search of Ulysses (Homer, The Odyssey, 2). Crossing the threshold is the point where the hero actually crosses over from his known world into the unknown. Telemachus stepping onto the ship signified his crossing the threshold, as he was venturing out from Ithaca of which he had never done priorly.
Telemachus reached Pylos by dawn. As he and Minerva went in…

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