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Book 6 - The Odyssey.

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Introduction

Book 6 - The Odyssey 1. Chapter 6 continues, from chapter 5, with Odysseus being asleep in his self made bed of leaves, at the island belonging to the Phaeacians. Whilst Odysseus sleeps Athene is already sketching out plans for Odysseus and makes her way to the palace belonging to Alcinous. Where Athene appears to Nausicaa, Alcinous' daughter during her dreams, in the form of Nausicaa's friend Dymas, and informs Nausicaa that she should clean some of her clothes, in case she is soon to be married and will need the clothes for herself and the bridegroom's party. When Nausicaa awakes in the morning, she asks her father Alcinous to order the princes, to prepare her a high-sided wagon, so her and her servants could go to the river to clean her own and her families dirty clothes. Alcinous agreed, and sent the princes to prepare the wagon and her mother packed her some food, wine and olive oil to take along with them. The all arrive at the river and wash the clothes, after that they bathed and rubbing olive oil in themselves before eating lunch by the riverside. After they had eaten, the maids played ball and Nausicaa sang and kept time for their game.

Middle

The chapter says she is lazy and she is quite thoughtful about herself getting married. She seems eager to please her parents, but knows how to get around them. She is conscious of her position as princess and is respectful of her own and of her parents reputation. On first seeing Odysseus, Nausicaa sees him as being in a disgusting state, but once Odysseus begins to flatter her, she is lured in my Odysseus' clever words and give him a chance to clean himself up. Once Odysseus is clean and Athene has made him seem taller and more handsome, Nausicaa admires his appearance. She tells her maids her thoughts on Odysseus, 'When we first met, I thought him repulsive, but now he looks like the gods who live in heaven. I wish I could have a man like him for my husband'. 3. Ways in which Athene helps Odysseus; Athene is the one who plans the whole meeting between Odysseus and Nausicaa, appearing to Nausicaa as Dymas, and planting the idea to go to the river in her mind. Athene sets it up that the ball will go into the deep current making the girl's scream, which makes Odysseus awake.

Conclusion

With his speech to Nausicaa, he makes her feel sorry for him, partly because he tells her of his suffering, and partly because he seems appears so pleasant to her. Odysseus knows that in this situation he cannot use his handsome looks to get around Nausicaa, but instead has to use his power of speech to persuade Nausicaa for her help, and he does this very well with being charming and flattering her. 9. Odysseus shows good manors to Nausicaa by not grasping her knees but instead talking to her from a distance and being curteous. Nausicaa shows good manors to Odysseus, by feeding and clothing him. The maids display good manors, by allowing Odysseus to bathe himself in privacy. 10. Nausicaa explains to Odysseus that he must walk behind her wagon with the maids, because she would like to avoid gossip. She tells him, she is afraid the Phaeacian people may think, Odysseus is going to be her future husband, and she has chosen him because he is a foreigner and she despises her own people. Nausicaa also doesn't want to be seen associating with men before she is married, in the fear of giving herself a bad name, and letting down her family. 11. Nausicaa tells Odysseus to address her mother first once he is in the palace.

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