The Greek And Roman Literatures And Mythology Of The Odyssey, Ovid 's Metamorphoses, And The Movie O

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Prophecy is an important concept in the Greek and Roman literatures and mythology. Prophecy happens in the beginning and the following plot will prove this prophecy to be true. Time is not a limitation of prophecy because it will become the reality. Mortals have no power to change the destiny and control their lives; only immortals have the ability. Prophecy serves as a guide and a warning to mortals, and prophecy is also an evidence of showing the interaction between mortals and immortals. The important purposes of prophecy are demonstrated in Homer’s Odyssey, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and the movie O Brother Where Art Thou?
Throughout the Odyssey, many prophecies related to the main plot guide people like Odysseus and Penelope and provides them strength. Prophecies implicate they are doing the right thing and gods are with them. In the beginning, when Athena disguises as Mentes and predicts Odysseus’ return, Athena has made the very first prophecy to Telemachus. She specifically says that “Odysseus will not be gone much longer from his native land, not even if iron chains hold him” (Hom. Od. I. 219-221). This first prophecy gives a general framework of Odysseus’ destiny. There are many prophecies shown later in the books repeat and add on details to Odysseus’ return and revenge. Athena’s prophecy does not simply tell Telemachus what is going to happen; it builds a base for the following events. Because a goddess tells this prophecy, it allows Telemachus to have strength and…

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