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The Odyssey

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Minerva's Help Continues

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As Ulysses begins to walk toward the home of Nausicaa's father, King Alcinous, Minerva hides him a thick cloud of mist, comes to him disguised as a little girl, and gives him advice for how to enter Alcinous' house.

Yet despite her interference, the outcome of Ulysses' visit is not assured. Why?

A

To illustrate the limited power of the gods.

B

To reinforce that the power male characters possessed was greater than female characters.

C

To maintain Ulysses' agency as a character; his actions still remain the basis for his outcomes.

D

To foreshadow that Ulysses will ultimately have to face the suitors alone.

E

To reinforce the importance of guest-host interactions in advancing the plot.