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The suitors’ families prepare to seek revenge against Ulysses. However, Medon cautions them against attacking Ulysses because he saw a god assist him during the fight against the suitors. Moreover, Halitheres then addresses the men saying

"Men of Ithaca, it is all your own fault that things have turned out as they have; you would not listen to me, nor yet to Mentor, when we bade you check the folly of your sons who were doing much wrong in the wantonness of their hearts- wasting the substance and dishonouring the wife of a chieftain who they thought would not return. Now, however, let it be as I say, and do as I tell you. Do not go out against Ulysses, or you may find that you have been drawing down evil on your own heads."

After Medon and Halitheres speak half of the men gathered decide not to fight Ulysses and leave.

Why do the other half decide to continue with their plan for revenge?


They do not revere the gods and believe Medon is being superstitious.


Following the cultural norm of seeking revenge for a relative's death is imperative regardless of that relative's guilt or innocence.


Seeking revenge against a chief is considered taboo in their society, but avenging their sons is a greater imperative.


Ulysses has been cursed by Neptune; therefore, they do not need to fear whether or not Ulysses had any other supernatural help.


They have already announced their intention to fight; thus, turning back now will mar their manhood, which is the biggest disgrace in Ancient Greek culture.

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