• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How does Homer make Odysseus's return to Ithica and the defeat of the suitors exciting?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

How does Homer make Odysseus's return to Ithica and the defeat of the suitors exciting? I think to make a good story you need vivid description, contrasts, violence, some long descriptions, some elements of the supernatural, well-rounded realistic characters and a good use of language. In this essay, I am going to explore these areas of the Odyssey. Homer uses some amazing vivid descriptions through the Odyssey; he uses similes and metaphors to create a better image in our minds. For example of this is when he compare the suitors to fish which have just been caught and are sort of still living, this brings out the horror of the whole situation and we came imagine more easily what it looks like and smells like. ...read more.

Middle

This adds to the excitement as at times, it can build the tension but also it can relieve the tension. Homer also uses comedy to relieve the tension for example in book twenty two the tension is peaking, and rather to try keep that up he has decided to relieve the tension by using the comedy of the suitor's three volleys missing. Homer also uses juxtapositioning to great effect, especially with a contrast of characters an good example of this is when Odysseus recognizes Athene disguised as Mentor and the suitors don't, this shows that Odysseus was in favor with the gods and he was closer to them than the suitors were. In book twenty two there is a lot of violence, this is a factor of a good story but too much can ruin it, I feel that Homer has got the amount of violence just right. ...read more.

Conclusion

In the Odyssey all the characters are well rounded and quite realistic, for example Telemachus admits that he left the store room door open which allowed the suitors to get weaponry and the fact that Odysseus was scared when he saw the armed suitors. The gods play an important part in the Odyssey weather it is to help or hinder Odysseus In book 22 Athene helps Odysseus to defeat the suitors and in book twenty three she helps him look more handsome and youthful and holds back the dawn so Odysseus and Penelope could have more time together. In conclusion, I believe that the Odyssey has filled my criteria for a good story, it has everything the supernatural, violence, realistic characters, contrasts, long and vivid descriptions and a beautiful use of language. It is a lovely story made along time ago and is still remembered. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Classics section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Classics essays

  1. The Odyssey by Homer

    While there, Odysseus prays to Athene to aid him in his supplication to the king and queen. Book 6 contains an element, which although not scarce in the 'Odyssey', is certainly very rare in most epic poem: comedy. The comic element is unmistakeable in these scenes.

  2. Cinderella - play script

    Minerva: She couldn't possibly think what it was like unless she was there. Calliope: You simply can't imagine! Cinderella: Well I imagine there's a Grand Staircase. Candles everywhere. And an orchestra playing. Minerva (sings): It looks that way Calliope The way you say Stepmother She talks as if she knows.

  1. How does Homer make the actual description of the storm exciting?

    The simile with "a cauldron" is not long or detailed, but actually it gives the best possible image of what danger Odysseus and his men are.

  2. How important is the episode in Phaeacia compared to the rest of the poem? ...

    This human weakness he is feeling whilst he is on Calypso's island reminds us as readers just how much he is longing for home, for his faithful wife Penelope and for the son he left eighteen years ago. This I think is very important, it reiterates just how much Odysseus loves his wife Penelope.

  1. Odysseus' Disguised Return

    trusting Eurycleia is the first example of a test the reader sees in book 23. Eurycleia proves her loyalty to Odysseus through her secrecy. When Eurycleia tells Penelope of Odysseus? return, Penelope does not believe her, so there is a clear difference in trust between Odysseus and Eurycleia and Penelope and Eurycleia.

  2. How do the makers of The Simpsons use a simple cartoon format to combine ...

    Homer's catchphrases are the best example of this. Even people who are only vaguely familiar with The Simpsons recognise 'D'oh', which is used to express displeasure, 'Mmmmmm', usually used to show appreciation for food, or 'Woo-hoo', used to express excitement or triumph. Other catchphrases include Bart's 'Aye carumba!'

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work