Presentation on theme: "Needs to consider order of examples to develop argument In Homers The Odyssey, hospitality is a very common theme seen throughout the story. First, Telemachus."— Presentation transcript:
Needs to consider order of examples to develop argument In Homers The Odyssey, hospitality is a very common theme seen throughout the story. First, Telemachus shows hospitality to Athena when she first comes to help him. Penelopes suitors are no longer welcome in Odysseuss palace, but Telemachus cannot build the courage to make them leave. When Athena arrives to help Telemachus, Telemachus sees her and says, Greetings, stranger!/Here in our house youll find a royal welcome./Have supper first, then tell us what you need (1.144-146).Telemachus is showing hospitality by inviting her in and giving her a meal before asking her who she is, which is common among the Greeks at this time. Next, Athena and Telemachus go to Nestors palace. When they arrive he does not know them, but still shows them great hospitality. Nestor says, Nows the time, now theyve enjoyed their meal, / to probe out guests and find out who they are (3.77-78). Nestor fed them and is now asking who they are, which is considered very hospitable in Greece. Finally, Telemachus and Athena travel to Menelauss palace. They arrive and Menelaus treats them to a feast. Menelaus says to them, Help yourselves to food, and welcome! Once youve dined/ well ask who you are (4.78-79). Menelaus welcomes them warmly and feeds them before knowing anything about either of them, which is very hospitable. In conclusion, hospitality is a very common theme that is practiced by many people in Homers The Odyssey. Feed before intros
Successful order of examples to develop argument In The Odyssey, weaving seems to be an activity heavily associated with femininity. While the most honorable women are strong, independent individuals, they still are tied to their feminine grace and frailty through their weaving. Helen, the headstrong beauty of Sparta, for instance, has a group of women following behind her with all of her weaving supplies. She makes a grand entrance into the room, but her maids follow behind her to supply her with her tools for spinning and weaving (4. 134- 152). Also, the femininity of the domestic arts can also be used to abstractly portray womanly traits of seduction and the superficially female. For instance, Homer writes that when Hermes first reaches the island of Ogygia, he is captivated by the lush surroundings and the beautiful Calypso as she glided back and forth / before her loom, her golden shuttle weaving (5. 69-70). The motions of her slowly winding back and forth are as tantalizing to Hermes as the heavily-flowered surroundings. However, men can sometimes attribute these non-strenuous activities to weakness in the women. When Penelope speaks out of turn, Telemachus reprimands her with deprecation to her frail and indecisive personality in regards to her weaving. Telemachus chastises her: …So, mother, go back to your quarters. Tend to your own tasks, the distaff and the loom, and keep the women working hard as well (1. 409-412). The domestic arts have an important role in this Greek society, particularly for women. Homer uses the domestic arts to express themes of femininity. In strong women In sexual women In weak women
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