Symbolism In Odysseus's Home

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Odysseus is back on native soil after 20 years away from home, yet he is unable to announce his return. His sleeping in the entrance has of the palace is symbolism. Odysseus has yet to truly reach home. Physically, Odysseus reaches Ithaca when the Phaeacians deposit him on the beach. The body of the great king is in his house, yet his presence is lacking. Odysseus has yet to reclaim his wife, palace, and kingdom. The island of Ithaca may be his house, but it is not his home as long as the 108 suitors feast there. An entrance hall is a place in a house that is in between the home and outside. Odysseus sleeps in this space between environments; just as he is in a space between his worlds. He knows that he is not home, and therefore he requests

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