Disguise And Deception In The Odyssey

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Disguise and Deception The epic poem The Odyssey begins on Mt. Olympus. Athena brings to Zeus' attention that Odysseus' journey has been brought to a standstill on the island of Calypso. Athena then goes to Ithaca and assumes a disguise to convince Telemachus to go on a journey to seek news of his father. From the very beginning of the book Athena, an immortal, disguises herself as a mortal to relay news to another mortal. Throughout the book, the Gods disguise themselves as humans. This forced the mortals to show hospitality to everyone they came in contact with because they never knew when one could be a God.

There are many times Athena disguises herself for Odysseus' well being. One disguise she uses often is that of a mentor. As the mentor she helps orchestrate every part of the journey while Telemachus takes care of the household. Athena is Odysseus' guardian angel. Odysseus' fate is to return home alive, however, it is his destiny, and punishment that he will endure and suffer this long journey. Throughout the poem, Odysseus prays to Athena that she will help him make it home, because he does not know that his fate is to make it home alive. Athena does help him get home, however she vows not to show Odysseus her real form until he returns to Ithaca.

Athena helps Odysseus when he returns to Ithaca, she disguises him with a cloud so nobody will stop him from getting to the castle. While at the castle, Athena at first disguises herself to try and convince him that he is home. Odysseus, however, believes that she is tricking him. She then keeps her promise of revealing herself to him when he returned to Ithaca, and she pledges her aid to him. Odysseus and Athena next decided to return Odysseus home disguised as a beggar. Odysseus meets Telemachus when he goes home and he is still disguised as a beggar. Odysseus begins to act as the beggar, however Athena changes him into a taller and younger looking man. Telemachus, when he sees Odysseus as the changed...
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