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

Divine intervention in the Odyssey.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Divine intervention in the Odyssey Divine intervention is when the gods interfere with the theme, plot or story line in some way. Poseidon: Poseidon intervenes after Odysseus and company visits the Cyclops, Polyphemus, Poseidon's son, and blinds him. At the end of this part in the story, Odysseus tells Polyphemus his name, and Polyphemus gets Poseidon to take revenge. Poseidon does this by creating a tremendous storm, when Odysseus leaves the island of Ogygia, being released from Calypso, almost killing him; Odysseus finally landing at Scherie, where the Phaeacians live. Poseidon doing this intervenes with Odysseus' long journey home, prolonging it even more. It happens to Odysseus just after he has been held hostage by calypso for seven years. ...read more.

Middle

This makes Odysseus seem like a stronger character, being looked out for by a Goddess, and makes him seem like an unbeatable hero. The first time she interferes with the plot is in the council meeting of the Gods, and she persuades them to make Calypso let Odysseus go. She then puts spirit into telemachus, Odysseus' son, and advices him, disguised as an old friend of Odysseus', to confront the suitors publicly and then, if they still stay, to go and find out information about the whereabouts of his father. She then intervenes by proposing a route to take to see Nestor and Menelaus, and accompanies him disguised as Mentor. The next time she interferes is when she arranges for Nausicaa to rescue Odysseus when he comes ashore. ...read more.

Conclusion

All the intervention that Athene does in this book is so that she can help Odysseus as much as she can, because she likes him. Aeolus - wind-god: He intervenes in the story when he gave Odysseus all the winds in a bag so that they wouldn't stop him from reaching Ithaca. His crew members were too curious though, because they thought that it might be treasure or something, so opened the bag and let all the bad winds out, and they were blown back to Aeolus' island. Zeus: As well as intervening at the end of the book, he also intervened to take revenge for the sun-god. Odysseus' crew, who had been specifically told not to kill the sun-gods cattle, killed them anyway, and Zeus avenged this by sending them a storm, destroying the last ship and all of Odysseus' crew, leaving just Odysseus who was swept away to Ogygia. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE 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 GCSE Classics essays

  1. Peer reviewed

    Greek Gods and Mythology

    He had pity on the mortals and was always giving them gifts. He was never punished for the wrongs he did to Zeus; instead the whole world was punished. Finally Zeus hung Prometheus from a cliff where an eagle ate at his flesh. Zeus would torture him all the time.

  2. While researching and reading "The Odyssey" I have taken note of the many codes ...

    Even though the role of women in ancient Greek society may seem insignificant, Penelope has a lot of power over her family and her people while her husband is away at war. She is able to pick who her husband will be, when she believes that Odysseus is dead, even though most fathers will pick the groom for his daughter.

  1. From the books that you have read, what do you think is the most ...

    We can tell that this event is going to be hard for a number of reasons. Firstly there are many more suitors there is a one of Odysseus men to every 27 suitors. Secondly the suitors are very cocky and think the rule the palace so therefore they won't give

  2. How do Books 1 - 4 of the Odyssey prepare us for the introduction ...

    She appears as his patron goddess. Athene is concerned with Odysseus and this is why she has brought it up with the Olympians. This may give the reader a sense that Odysseus is worthy enough to be actually mentioned at this mass meeting of the gods.

  1. Why is Book 21 important to the Odyssey?

    Odysseus' plan builds up the death of the Suitors. Odysseus asks Eumaeus to bring the bow down the hall and put it on his hands even though the Suitors refuse to let Odysseus to try and string the bow. Odysseus also asks Eumaeus to tell the women to lock the door which leads to their rooms and say if they hear any noise, just stay quietly where they are.

  2. Classical Civilisations Essay: Telemachus

    By leaving his emotional mother and servants, he can experience the real world, find out about Odysseus, and learn what it is to be a hero. He needs to meet people who knew his dad and experienced the Trojan War (gaining experiences)

  1. Homer Odyssey XXI

    Let none of you dine here feeling hungry in your heart because of this, since it would never be right." 3rd page Eurymachus, the son of Polybus, answered her again in reply: "Daughter of Icarios, prudent Penelope, we do not think in anyway at all, that this man will take you away, nor would it be proper.

  2. Sophocles - The Theban Plays.

    She feels that Creon is abusing his power as king and dealing with her task to a personal level. The contradictions between the beliefs of Creon and Antigone pervade throughout the play. Antigone is motivated by her strong religious feelings while Creon is out to make good for his city-state.

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