False Identity In The Odyssey

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There are many prevalent themes in The Odyssey, the epic ancient Greek poem by Homer. One of the most noticeable was the theme of disguise or false identity undertaken by the characters to achieve what they wanted. In some instances deception, by Odysseus and many of the women in the story, was masked as cunning. Maturity is an important theme in the opening section of the book. An example of this is Telemakhos, who goes from an immature boy to a strong, confident man. Telemakhos’ quest is to mature in his new identity, just like Odysseus’ quest is to return home to his old identity. The also book addresses the pitfalls of temptation and the power of strength. The women in The Odyssey were manipulative and seductive. They used their…show more content…
She was patient and trustworthy, remaining loyal to Odysseus even when he threated to kill her. (((equally matched to Penelope in patience and willing to serve Telemakhos' (SAANY WASN’T SHE ODYSESSEUS NURSE??? )))) as his nurse.))))) The beautiful princess Nausikaa demonstrates that she is a good hostess by giving Odysseus directions to town, along with clothing, food and a clean bath. Although she is beautiful, she is far from a seductress. In fact, it is Odysseus who tries to seduce her by telling her how beautiful she is. The apple does not fall far from the tree. Nausikaa’s mother, Queen Arete, is also a good hostess. It was said that Queen Arete’s favor would assure Odysseus a safe ship ride home. The role of the seductress, hostess and goddess show the role that women play throughout The Odyssey and the different characteristics they take on that affect different characters in the book. The women in all three of these roles represent an important piece of the time line of the story. All of these themes play an important part to making this epic poem such a wondrous tale and is essential to making The Odyssey a classic throughout the
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