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  1. The Odyssey is an epic tale imbued with the shared challenges and experiences of Odysseus, a lost hero attempting to find his way home, and those of Penelope, the wife he has left behind.

    Prudent and discreet, Penelope exudes wisdom. Overcome with grief while her home is invaded and its substance is depleted by 108 young suitors who hope to attain her as a wife (in effect to promote their own social standing), Penelope makes use of the blessings endowed upon her by the goddess Athene; the blessing of cunning intelligence and the blessing of creative skill. Not wanting to be forced into remarrying, she declares that she will make a shroud for the hero Laertes, (the father of Odysseus)

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  2. 'The Simpsons' family and how the makers of the programme have a dissimilar view of American families.

    This also shows us that they are moderately similar in some ways. They are also effortlessly brainwashed by television commercials. From this we can see that television plays an extensive role in not only Homer's life but the rest of the family too. Television has an immense impact on the lives of the Simpsons and most Americans in real life. Homer believes that a pleasant "family growth thing" would be if the whole family would go to the 'Monster Truck Rally' to see Truckasaurus.

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  3. Describe and illustrate what you consider to be the key features of Homers narrative technique. How relevant is the idea of an oral tradition to our appreciation of the Odyssey?

    It clearly allows flexibility in compusure for the bard as the infinitive 'to be' has following forms in Homeric narrative: emen, emmen, emenai, emmenai, einai, each is particular to a period yet each gives different numbers of syllables at the poets disposal thus can adhere to rhythmic structure. Formula frames the Odyssey from the beginning, every repeated expression down to stock scenes and themes that are rcorrent in the same formulaic composition. Origin of the works of Rothe, of Scott and Shewan set out to demonstrate that formulae are found everywhere in Homer and that there must be a common stock from which every epic poet could draw.

    • Word count: 2012
  4. The Simpsons.

    He also has a collection of phrases such as "Ay Curamba", "Eat My Shorts", and "Don't Have A Cow Man". From the credits screen of the program we see Bart having detention in a classroom which already gives viewers who have not seen the series before a little information on his character. From the start of The Simpsons you get the impression that Bart is the main character but as the many different series went on and progressed through the nineties, Homer became spotlighted and in my opinion became the main character.

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