Homer's Odyssey Character Analysis

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Homer´s Odyssey tells the story of Odysseus, a war hero, and his 10-year voyage back home. After the war ended and Troy was burned down, Odysseus, having offended Poseidon and blinded his son, is set upon his way to Ithaca, his kingdom. For reasons that have not yet been explained, Odysseus ends up at Ogygia, where he is being held prisoner by Calypso, the nymph goddess. In Ithaca, his wife Penelope and his son Telemachus wait for his return.
In book one, the Council of the Gods is gathered, with all but one: Poseidon. Athena intercedes for Odysseus, who she admires deeply. She intends to help him get home. For this, she has a plan divided into two parts. The first, to send Hermes, her brother, to Calypso's island to tell her that she must let Odysseus go. And the second, that Athena herself must go to Ithaca and set Telemachus, Odysseus' son, on a journey for answers about his father's whereabouts.
Unknowingly advised by Athena, Telemachus calls the assembly to complain about the wooers at his home and ask for a ship to sail in search for information concerning his father, or learn about his death. The young prince's requests are not met and Athena provides him with a ship and men. Telemachus is kindly received at Pylos by Nestor, who then sends him on his way to Sparta. There he
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For example, in book III, while telling the story of the war, Nestor acknowledges Odysseus´ brilliance when he says: "There never a man durst match with him in wisdom, for goodly Odysseus very far outdid the rest in all manner of craft". Also, in book IV, King Menelaus of Sparta says to his wife: "...Never have mine eyes beheld any such man of heart as was Odysseus...”. With words such as these, characters in Homer´s Odyssey express just how much respect and admiration they have for Odysseus. Even though they haven´t seen him in a long time they choose to remember him as a

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