The Odyssey Book 14 Review

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Seth Wein
11/17/12
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The Odyssey Book 14

The Odyssey Book 14, by Homer, is an excellent book because it shows readers what Odysseus meant to the people of Ithaca and how influential he was as a person. We have learned a lot about Odysseus from previous books and we know all about his many different characteristics such as his ability to lead and his warrior-like mentality. The author’s goal for this book was to show readers what impact Odysseus made on society at that time. Homer explains how loved Odysseus was to people and how much the people want Odysseus back from his disappearance.

The book begins by Odysseus traveling to the Swinherd Eamous’ hut, dressed up as a beggar. Eamaus greets him kindly and shows his xenia by inviting him into his house for a meal. Eamous talks to the beggar about what the suitors have done to him and how he misses Odysseus. Eamaeus was extremely doubtful of Odysseus’ return although, the beggar tries bringing his hopes up by telling the Swineherd that Odysseus will return. After a long conversation, the Swineherd asks Odysseus about where he came from and about his past. The beggar tells Eamaeus about how he fought in the Trojan war which is where his whole life fell apart. The beggar explains, in detail to Eamaeus about when the Trojan war had ended, he was forbidden from returning home because of Zues which is why he traveled to Egypt. After he lived in Egypt for seven years, he went to Phoenicia with a scoundrel. After a year had passed, he traveled by boat to Libya although on the way to Libya, his boat was struck by lightning. He washed up on Thesprotia and after being taken care of by the king, he heard about Odysseus. He heard that he was on the Island and befriended by the king. After the king had sent the beggar away, the kings crewmen tied the beggar up. He ends up escaping and swimming to Ithaca. We see a lot of key details that hints to us what Odysseus was like to the people of Ithaca which...
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