The Odyssey - Book I

The Odyssey - Book I

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  • On Mt. Olympus
  • Here, Athene and Zeus are discussing how they plan to intervene in the helping of Odysseus. This highlights the aspect of the gods' will and using humans as their pawns.
  • Save Odysseus!
  • "'How could I forget Odysseus the godlike'" (1.65).
  • At this point, Athene is continuing to discuss with Zeus the need to save Odysseus, since Odysseus is being held on an island by Kalypso: "'She detains the grieving, unhappy man'" (1.55-56)
  • On the island of Ogygia
  • "'The heart in me is torn for the sake of wise Odysseus, unhappy man'" (1.48-50).
  • I miss Penelope...*Tear*
  • On Mt. Olympus
  • "'The gods have not made yours a birth that will go nameless'" (1.222)
  • In the likeness of Mentes, Athene begins her influence on Odysseus' son, Telemachos. He is distraught knowing his father has been missing and the suitors have taken over the family residence. Athene is using Telemachos' loyalty towards family to sway him for her benefit.
  • Back in Odysseus' home...
  • '"Nor is it for him alone that I grieve in my pain now...all these are after my mother for marriage'" (1.240, 248).
  • Still as Mentes, Athene expresses her will on Telemachos and tells him to have the courage to tell the suitors to leave, his mother to go home or marry, get a ship ready, sail around looking for his father, and if Odysseus can't be found, come home and slaughter the suitors (1. 273-295). 
  • In Odysseus' home...
  • '"Come now, pay close attention to me and do as I tell you'" (1.271).
  • Sure!
  • In Odysseus' dining hall...
  • Telemachos follows Athene's orders (will) and tells Penelope, his mother, that he is going to find his father, Odysseus. But first...
  • Sing, sing, sing...I'm a-a-a-a-mazing!
  • Yo, Ma! Your husband isn't the only one who died at Troy, I'm going to figure this out for sure.
  • I'm so sad. *sigh*
  • In this final scene, Telemachos is fulfilling Athene's will and preparing to leave on the journey to find out if his father is still alive after having left some twenty years prior.
  • In Odysseus' dining hall...
  • Yeah, that's not going to happen, bub. Your mom said she'd marry one of us. "'Surely it must be the very gods who prompt you'" (1.384).
  • Oh man, this is getting juicy...great material.
  • These aren't your goats! You all better leave and go eat your own food! I'm going to find my father!
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