The Odyssey Book 21

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Book 21 of the Odyssey

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  • Penelope gets the Bow
  • "There the backstrung bow was stored away, and the quiver to hold the arrows"
  • Penelope establishes the contest the rules
  • "I will Marry whoever can string this bow and shoot it through this row of 12 axes"
  • Telemachus tries to string the bow
  • "Shame on me.  I must be a coward and a weakling"
  • Penelope went into her master's possession's and  grabbed the bow to give to the suitors
  • The suitors fail to string the bow
  • "Friends I cannot string this; let one of the others take it"
  • Penelope stated the rules of the contest
  • Odysseus strings the bow
  • Without any strain,Odysseus strung the great bow.
  • Three times Telemachus made it vibrate, Straining to bend it, and three times he failed
  • And shots it through the axes
  • Odysseus let the arrow fly, Nor missed any of the axes, from the first handle on, but the bronze weighted arrow passed through all
  • One by one the suitors failed to string the bow
  • In this scene Odysseus strings the bow and in the next he fires it.  This scene is a  great representation of the heroes journey " Crossing the return threshold " category because it show him finally being at home
  • In this scene Odysseus shoots the arrows between the axes which symbolizes him using the "freedom to live" category because now that he is home he has no fear of dying
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