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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. ...read more.

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(V, 8-23) She retold of what Odysseus has gone though being away from his family and his kingdom. Athena speaks of Odysseus' family and people not remembering who he was because he has been unable to return home. This is because Calypso has held Odysseus by force on her island. Book 6 narrators are Athena and Nausicaa. Athena needs to come up with a plan to have Nausicaa find Odysseus who is sleeping by the stream. Athena disguised herself into Nausicaa dream and tells her that she should clean her clothing down by the stream. There she may find the person she is to marry but she will only meet him if she goes at the break of dawn. ...read more.

Conclusion

But as for myself, grant me a rapid convoy home to my own native land. How far way I've been from all my loved ones-how long I have suffered! (VII, 172-181). Odysseus wants to make a good first impression to the King and Queen. He shows how a houseguest of that time would act. Odysseus does not want to offend the King and Queen, so he wishes the god grant everyone who was at the feast good fortune so as to pass down to their sons. He hopes that by doing this he will be granted passage home to his family. Homer changes narrators to move the story from point A to point B. Seeing the story from different sides explains why things happen. If Homer did not show Athena advocating for Odysseus' case, then we would not have learned how and why he was allowed to leave the island. ...read more.

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