The Odyssey

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Chapter Analysis

The second-oldest work in the Western canon, The Odyssey tells of Odysseus' ten-year journey home after the Trojan War. On the way, he encounters emotional and physical obstacles, mythical beasts, sirens, and sorceresses, in a tale that has engendered numerous adaptations and reworkings. On the home front, his faithful wife Penelope and son Telemachus keep his memory alive and fight off the suitors that have overtaken Ithaca in hope of winning Penelope's hand and Odysseus' home. Discover for yourself the epic that has captivated and inspired audiences for millennia.

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General Analysis

Literature theme descriptions Like one of Shakespeare's plays, the Odyssey was meant to be performed rather than read. What is the effect of reading rather than hearing this tale in its original language? And how does the translation dilute or change the poetry of the original? Examine the themes and social-historical context that permeate this epic, from the importance of hospitality to Ancient Greek views of home, hearth, and women, to the meddling of gods and muses. In what ways is the Odyssey a product of its time — and in what ways can it continue to engage and inspire modern audiences?

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Themes and Motifs

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Duty to family

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