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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.

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Nausicca is at the age of getting ready to marry when Odysseus meets her. Odysseus takes advantage of this when he meets her, as he is very charming and polite towards her. He makes himself more attractive towards her. Nausea gives Odysseus food and clothing and a wash. Naussicca also gives him directions him towards her parents palace. Odysseus takes hospitality off the Phaeacians king and Queen through Xenia. They hold games in his Honour. The people of the land ask to here Odysseus storey, so Odysseus tells them, so we then meet the next female character in the book, Circe. Circe is a goddess and when Odysseus and his men reach her island and go to see if she will offer them hospitality she turns Odysseus men into farm animals. When Odysseus goes to rescue his men from the entrenches palace he takes her hospitality and they end up staying together, Circe soon turns Odysseus men back into their humans form as Odysseus had asked. Odysseus and his men stay with Circe for a whole year before they start on their journey again back home to Ithica.

Conclusion

Athene also helps Odysseus by allowing him to wake up and see the lovely girls playing in the washing pools. Also Athene helps when Odysseus confronts the girls as she gives Nausicca courage in her heart and takes away the fear in her limbs, this helps Odysseus as she does not run away so this means she can help Odysseus. Also Athene helps Odysseus by making him seem taller and sturdier and makes his hair look bushier and thicker. This helps as Nausicca finds him more attractive and therefore she will be more willing to help him as she is at the marital age and she find him more attractive. There are many contrasts between the female characters in homers odyssey. There is a big contrast between Calypso and Circe; they both have differences but many similarities. They are Goddess and they both live on there own Separate Island. They are both live on there own and are quite lonely. Throughout the books, female characters are very important in the decisions Odysseus makes. He is helped consciously by many characters, Circe, Ino and Calypso. He is also helped subconsciously by Athene. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jessica Sharman-Reid

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