The Virtuoso Array of the Intervening; The Celestial Bearers of Trouble of the Odyssey Gods in the first book of the Odyssey are of importance because they are mostly all are helping Odysseus get back to Ithaca to reclaim his throne. The reason behind Odysseus' long journey back to Ithaca is because of the disrespect he showed a god, Poseidon. Odysseus had stabbed out the eye of Poseidon's son one of the Kyclops'. Poseidon has a major role of a God in the Odyssey because he is the one of the reasons Odysseus has been gone. An example of Poseidon's hatred is "Yet all the Gods pitied Lord Odysseus, all but Poseidon, raging cold and rough" (Odyssey P.2). This quote shows the hatred for Odysseus by Poseidon. Another God of importance is Hermes, he is sent by the God Zeus to help Odysseus escape from the island he is trapped on. "... that wise Odysseus reach his home again, let the Wayfinder, Hermes, cross the sea to the island..." (Odyssey P.4). This quote shows the importance of Hermes' role in helping Odysseus find his way. The Gods of importance have very diverse roles in acting with Odysseus journey. After help from many Gods and Goddess' and trouble from a Nymph and a God Odysseus is finally about to begin his journey back to Ithaca. Odysseus will have the help of Telemakhos assembling a team to come find him. Many Gods favor Odysseus' return except for Poseidon, and many Goddess' favor Odysseus' return except for the Nymph Kalypso. Overall Odysseus is a very liked king that does have his flaws but most everyone is ready to have him on the throne and back to Penelope.
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