The Role of Phaeacia in the Odyssey Essay

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The Role of Phaeacia in the Odyssey

The episode with Phaeacia begins where Odysseus has been away from his home for twenty years, and is longing to return to Ithaca and Penelope. This book is very important and involves certain tests for Odysseus to come across. At the beginning of this book, we are told that the princess, Nausicaa, is described as “tall and beautiful as a goddess.” Alcinous as good as offers Odysseus his daughter for marriage to him by saying he would be lucky to have Odysseus n his family. This is a test for Odysseus because he has to decide whether to stay here on this magical island, but he refuses to be tempted, and still chooses to try and return to Ithaca.

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The meeting with Nausicaa plays an important part in the story, because we lean a lot about Odysseus. He considers how to greet the princess, he weighs up his options of how he will be received, showing he does not just jump straight in. we also learn that Odysseus is the master of words as he uses tactics such as flattery, and manages to persuade her to take him to the palace, even though he is stood naked in front of a group of ladies. He is being calculus, but not in a vindictive way. This book also shows the theme of hospitality, as they do take him in.

The island is a magical island, which important to Odysseus’ journey, as it has to be something out of the ordinary, he has to overcome either magical or danger to live up to the heroic image. The magical part of this island, is also reflected in the way they live, they have “bronzed floor”, and they have great feasts with golden wine jugs. These objects just add to the air of elegance that we gain from reading this story.

This episode also plays a very big part, not just to Odysseus future, but is also important to Homers tactic of telling the story, because this gives Odysseus the chance to explain

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