Plots of The Odyssey

Plots of The Odyssey

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  • Book 17: Athena, in the streets
  • I marvel that they leave this hound to lie here on the dung pile; he would have been a fine dog, from the look of him,though I can't say as to his power and speed when he was young.
  • Book 21: Storeroom
  • Odysseus's Bow
  • Book 21: Home of Odysseus
  • No, no; speak, my heart tells me. Would you be men enough to stand by Odysseus if he came back? Suppose he dropped out of a clear sky, as I did?Suppose some god should bring him? Would you bear arms for him, or for the suitors?
  • Ah, let the master come! Father Zeus, grant our old wish! Some courier guide him back! Then judge what stuff is in me and how I manage arms!
  • While Odysseus spoke an old hound, lying near, pricked up his ears and lifted up his muzzle. It was Argos, trained as a puppy by Odysseus, he was abandoned and half destroyed with flies. This scene is significant because it shows that Odysseus dog, Agro, is loyal after all the time he went missing.
  • Book 21: The Hushed Hall
  • Penelope proposed an archery contest to the suitors, with marriage as the prize. She went down to reach the bow of Odysseus and broke down as soon as she saw it. "Now Penelope sank down, holding the weapon on her knees, and drew her husband's great bow out, and sobbed and bit her lip and let the salt tears flow." This scene is significant because it shows how much Penelope still loves Odysseus after a long time.
  • Book 22: Death in the Great Hall
  • You yellow dogs, you thought I'd never make it home from the land of Troy. You took my house to plunder, twisted my maids to serve your beds. You dared bid for my wife while I was still alive.Contempt was all you had for the gods who rule wide heaven, contempt for what men say of you hereafter. Your last hour has come. You die in blood.
  • Two men left the hall that was crowded with suitors: cowherd and swineherd, companionship, one downcast as the other. Odysseus followed them outdoors, outside the court, and coming up he spoke to them. This scene is significant because Odysseus is testing his men's loyalty .
  • Book 23: The Test
  • Odysseus took his time and inspected the bow for anything different. In one motion he strung the bow and made it through every socket, the gods were willing to help if anything happened. In the end he was the winner of the contest. Telemachus then took notice of his father and went near him. This scene is significant because it shows that Odysseus is strong compared to all the other suitors and still has the love of his son after many years of being missed.
  • Telemachus, the stranger you welcomed in your hall has not disgraced you. I did not miss, neither did I take all day stringing the bow. My hand and eye are sound, not so contemptible as the young men say. The hour has come to cook their lordships' mutton- supper by daylight. Other amusements later, with song and harping that adorn a feast.
  • Odysseus shot at a young man and the suitors went wild. They searched for weapons and a way out but realized all the doors are closed. One of the suitors stood up and spoke in defense of all the men. Odysseus didn't care and killed them all, leaving a bloodbath. This scene is significant because Odysseus was shown to be a killer and show no mercy.
  • Penelope couldn't jus blieve it was Odysseus so she had to test him. Only Odysseus knew that their bed was built from the olive tree and he was able to pass her test. They both cried in happiness and Penelope hugged him tightly. This scene is significant because it shows that after years Penelope still loves Odysseus and he still loves her.
  • No other man has ever laid eyes on it- only my own slave, Actoris, that my father sent with me as a gift-she kept our door. You make my stiff heart know that I am yours.
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