The Odyssey

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Ulysses Tells of his Journey

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Book IX begins as Ulysses answers King Alcinous' question as to who he is and where he has travelled. Ulysses' story also serves what larger function?

A

It delays the narrative in order to develop more suspense.

B

It reveals the events that have led up to the beginning of the story (Ulysses, stuck on Calypso's island).

C

It foreshadows what events are to come next in the story.

D

It fills in what happened between Calypso's island and Ulysses' return to Ithaca.

E

It provides an unrelated tangent to the main narrative because of its poetic value.