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A Long and Difficult Journey, or The Odyssey: Crash Course Literature 201
Which aspect of Odysseus' character keeps him from giving his heart to Calypso or to Circe?
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Read an in-depth analysis of Telemachus. The Odyssey by: Homer. Odysseus fought among the other Greek heroes at Troy and now struggles to return to his kingdom in Ithaca. Odysseus is the husband of Queen Penelope and the father of Prince Telemachus. Though a strong and courageous warrior, he is most renowned for his cunning. He is a favorite of the goddess Athena, who often sends him divine aid, but a bitter enemy of Poseidon, who frustrates his journey at every turn. Read an in-depth analysis of Odysseus.
Jump to navigation. T he Odyssey , if you strip away enough allegory and myth, might serve as a travel guide for the Aegean Sea: which islands to avoid if you hate escape rooms, which cruises to skip if you always forget to pack earplugs, where to get that beef that angers the gods. Homer fans have been trying to figure this out—and squabbling over their findings—for as long as the Odyssey has been in the canon. And for just as long other people have been calling efforts to map the Odyssey a complete waste of time. When we meet Odysseus, he has been living with the nymph Calypso for seven years on her island, Ogygia. With a little help from the gods, he escapes and travels to Scheria, where the Phaeacians welcome him and invite him to a banquet.
It is surprising that it has taken this long for a woman to publish a translation of this epic into English, especially given its multitude of female characters. Feminists have rightly begun to see these vanquished women as figures ripe to be reclaimed. The human women of the Odyssey have likewise received feminist press recently. But Penelope remains a woman in need of a patriarch, never allowed to attain to masculine power in her own right. There is a vision of empowered femininity in the Odyssey , but it is conveyed not in the mortal world but in that of the gods….