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From the books you have read so far, to what extent would you say that female characters, mortal and immortal, control events

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From the books you have read so far, to what extent would you say that female characters, mortal and immortal, control events in the odyssey and how do their actions and motivations differ from each other.

In the books we have read so far on homers Odyssey we can see that female characters both mortal and immortal have a big effect on Odysseus and the decisions he makes throughout he books.

We first come across Calypso. We find Odysseus on Calypso beautiful island, it is described as paradise, yet we find Odysseus weeping on the beach for his family and his home Ithica.

Calypso is angry with the Zeus as his attitude towards mortal men, as he is allowed to have relationships with mortal women but Calypso is not aloud to have relations with mortal men.

Calypso is a nymph yet she knows what pity is as understands what its like to be mortal, calypso loves Odysseus and doesn't want him to leave her island but Hermes the messenger of the gods comes down from the skies and tells calypso that Odysseus must carry on with his journey home.

Calypso helps Odysseus to build

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