The Odyssey Questions on Book 5

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Kerry Huntlea

Book 5 Questions

1. What does Odysseus do for himself?
He is very efficient on making sacrifices, as he thinks you get rewarded he has hope to go home after it being 20 years. He is also very venerable and he cries and dreams about the day he gets to see his family again. But when Calypso says he can go he makes himself a raft and sets sail.

2. What does the gods do for him?
Well as Odysseus makes sacrifices as many times as he can, he can only hope something good happens as the gods say if you’re good and sacrifice you will get rewarded but Odysseus is losing hope because all he wants to do is go home and it has been 20 years since. He doesn’t knows but he has been noticed by the gods and he has been the subject in many meetings and arguments between Athena and her father Zeus, so they send Hermes to tell Calypso to set him free even though she doesn’t want to because she is in love with him.

3. How does that make him look?
I think in book 5 you see his most vulnerable side, like with Telemachus he is boy-like in the first book we are properly introduced to him and it is like it with Odysseus. But as the book goes on he becomes more determined as the book goes on. It also makes him look knowledgeable and resourceful when it came to making a raft and sailing alone off of the island.

4. What is the style of the chapter?
Well there are a lot of different places in this book and there are many time zones too as he was on this island for 7 years. It is clever how they have linked them, as the book starts with the gods having a second meeting, and then it goes on to calypso’s island then finally on to Phaeacia.
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