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Chapter Twenty-One Lecture Two. The Odyssey Continued. Odysseus. A different kind of hero Trickster, folk hero Like “Captain Kirk . . . the only cadet ever to have beaten the "no-win" Kobayashi Maru scenario, which he does by cheating the program. The Passages.

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Chapter twenty one lecture two

Chapter Twenty-OneLecture Two

The Odyssey Continued


Odysseus
Odysseus

  • A different kind of hero

  • Trickster, folk hero

  • Like “Captain Kirk . . . the only cadet ever to have beaten the "no-win" Kobayashi Maru scenario, which he does by cheating the program


The passages
The Passages

  • Books 1–4: about Telemachus in Ithaka; the Telemacheia

  • Books 5–12: Odysseus tells his story while a guest at the Phaeacians

  • Books 13–20: In Ithaca in disguise

  • Books 21–3: killing of the suitors; reunion with Penelope

  • Book 24: End to Odysseus’s travels


Lotus eaters polyphemus
Lotus Eaters | Polyphemus

  • Lotus Eaters

    • First of the threats to his purpose – make him forget about his duty and purpose

    • Star Trek (TOS) “This Side of Paradise” (VHS Cassette)

  • Polyphemus

    • Comparison with civilized peoples

    • Shows both Odysseus’s cleverness and his rashness


Other adventures
Other Adventures

  • Aeolus

    • The disobedience of his men

  • Laestrygonians

    • A folktale doublet for the Phaeacians and Nausicaä

  • Circê

    • Another threat to his duty


After his visit to the underworld
After his visit to the underworld

  • Sirens

    • Another threat to his duty

  • Scylla and Charybdis

    • Problems of leadership

  • Cattle of Helius

    • Disobedience of his men

  • Calypso

    • Final threat to his duty


Alone
Alone

  • Odysseus’s tales in the Odyssey begin here

  • The gods finally agree that Odysseus must return home

  • They send Hermes to Calypso ordering his release

  • He is washed up on Scheria and rescued by Nausicaä, the princess


Key moments at ithaca
Key Moments At Ithaca

  • Argus

  • Euryclea

  • Battle with the Suitors

  • The final test: the bed

  • Continuation:

    • The final duty

    • The deus ex machina



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