The mortal tendency to succumb to temptation manifests itself throughout Book As important and illustrative of weak-mindedness, however, is that Odysseus lets a year waste away in the arms of the goddess Circe. While his crew certainly seems not to mind the respite, Odysseus particularly enjoys it, even though his wife is waiting for him.
Indeed, in Book 10 , for the first time we hear the crew criticize its leader. Though Odysseus checks his anger and restores calm, the unrest illustrates the holes in his authority.
With the appearance of the various heroes and lesser divinities, Book 11 gives the modern reader an extraordinary anthology of mythological lives.
For the modern reader, they provide invaluable insight into early Greek mythology.
From what war is Odysseus attempting to return home?
In even being allowed to enter Hades, Odysseus attains a privileged, transcendent status. Though he turns away somewhat from his warrior ethos, he still rejoices to hear that his son has become a great warrior. Kleos has thus evolved from an accepted cultural value into a more complex and somewhat problematic principle. Anticleia recalls those pining away for Odysseus in Ithaca.
Agamemnon and Achilles shift our thoughts back to Troy. The interruption is transparently used to break the long first-person narrative into smaller, more manageable chunks.
The Odyssey Summary
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