Character Mapping with The Odyssey
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Traits: Helpful, quick, informative Domain: Messenger of the gods; Mt. Olympus Role in Epic: He was sent by Zeus to tell Calypso to release Odysseus from her island. Hermes also gave Odysseus a plant called moly to protect him from Circe's powers. For or Against Protagonist and Why: He is for Odysseus because he was ordered by Zeus to help Odysseus be set free from Calypso. This also lead him to defend and help Odysseus succeed on his difficult journey home.
Traits: Huge; monstrous Domain: Monster with twelve tentacle legs and six serpent-necked heads; Den of Scylla Role in Epic: She grabs and eats six men of Odysseus' crew as they pass by her den. For or Against Protagonist and Why: She is against the protagonist because as a monster, she feeds in thousands and will eat men that sail past where she lives.
Traits: Angry Domain: Sun God; Thrinacia Role in Epic: He gets his cattle eaten by Odysseus' men and complains to Zeus. He refuses to shine if no action is taken, so Zeus sinks their boat to satisfy Helios. For or Against Protagonist and Why: He is against Odysseus and wants them punished because the crew feasted on his cattle despite Odysseus's warning.
Traits: Giving, fearful Domain: Wind King; Island of Aeolus Role in Epic: He gives Odysseus a fair west wind and unfavorable winds as parting gifts. But on their way home, Odysseus' men open the bad winds and fly back to Aeolus. Aeolus then refuses to help them again. For or Against Protagonist and Why: He was originally for Odysseus because he had stayed as his guest on his island. Later, he was against helping Odysseus because he came to believe the voyage had been cursed by the gods.
Traits: Faithful, kind Domain: Odysseus' swineherd; Ithaca Role in Epic: He welcomes and shelters Odysseus from his return. Once Odysseus reveals his identity, he also helps Odysseus battle the evil suitors in his home. For or Against Protagonist and Why: He is for the protagonist because he stays loyal to his king. Following that belief, he choose to fight to help his master regain his rightful title.
Traits: Courageous, determined Domain: Odysseus' son; Ithaca Role in Epic: He goes off on a journey in search of his father. When Odysseus returns, he helps him take back his kingdom. For or Against Protagonist and Why: He is for the protagonist because as Odysseus' son, it is given that he would believe that his father should return safely from his journey to take back his place as king.
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