The Odyssey Essay

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Nothing can be more life changing than when a God or Goddess chooses to interact with a mortal man. Much of Greek mythology describes the natures of these interactions. In The Odyssey, Gods and Goddesses play a major role during Odysseus’ journey home. He had some gods on his side and others against him. Some were even on his side at one time, but did something to hurt him another time. No matter where he went a God or Goddess was always watching over him. For good or for evil, while Odysseus was on his voyage, Athena, Poseidon, and Zeus all played major roles in his journey home to Ithaca. It begins when fighting in the Trojan War against the Trojans for 10 years; Odysseus has begun seeking his wife, Penelopeia. In The Odyssey, Zeus, Athena, and Poseidon impact Odysseus’ homecoming. To begin with, in The Odyssey, Zeus impacts Odysseus’ homecoming. In Book five, Zeus impacts Odysseus’ journey by sending Hermês to persuade Calypso, the nymph who held Odysseus prisoner for seven years in her cave, to set Odysseus free. When Zeus informs Hermês of his assignment, “Hermês you are my messenger and here is an errand for you. Go and declare to Calypso our unchangeable will, that Odysseus shall return after all his troubles” he is explicit on his instructions (Homer 62). Zeus is all-powerful and whatever he says is done. When he sends word through Hermes to Calypso to release Odysseus, she departs with very little hesitation. Hermês continues, “...put[ing] on his fine shoes, those golden incorruptible shoes which used to carry him over moist and dry to the ends of the earth, swift as the breath of the winds. He took up the staff which lays a spell on men’s eyes if he wills, or wakens the sleeping” (Homer 63). He meets Calypso in her cave, “with her beautiful hair flowing over her shoulders” and “a great fire blazed on the hearth, and the burning logs of cedar and juniper wafted their fragrant scent far over the island” where they recognized each other right...
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