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Homer’s choice in narratorhelps in revealing the purpose of The Odyssey, to describe the Greekculture - Homer changes narrators at the beginning of books 5, 6, and 7 - He does this to show the different sides of the “story” and po

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Amanda Rosen

December 15, 2002

English 3

Homer's choice in narrator helps in revealing the purpose of The Odyssey, to describe the Greek culture. Homer changes narrators at the beginning of books 5, 6, and 7. He does this to show the different sides of the "story" and point of views in The Odyssey.

Book 5 begins with Athena as the narrator. She is advocating for Odysseus' case one more time to her father, Zeus. Although she herself is a god, she is asking permission to help Odysseus from her father before she actually goes and helps him.

Father Zeus - you other happy gods who never die - never let any sceptered king be kind and gentle now, not with all his heart, or set his mind on justice - no, let him be cruel and always practice outrage. Think: not one of the people whom he ruled remembers Odysseus now, that godlike man, and kindly as a father to his children. he's left to pine on an island, racked with grief in the nymph Calypso's house - he hold him there by force. He has no way to

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