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Homer's use of similes in "The Odyssey" creates vivid images in the minds of readers. Although similar in structure to other similes, Homeric, or epic, similes are several lines in length. They usually compare two differ... More »

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An example of an epic simile in "The Odyssey" by Homer is, "as a blacksmith plunges a glowing axe or adze / in an ice-cold bath and the metal screeches steam / and its temper hardens ?? that's the iron's strength ?? / so... More »

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A good example of an extended simile can be found in Homer's "Iliad." The poem reads, "As when the shudder of the west wind suddenly rising scatters across the water, and the water darkens beneath it, so darkening were s... More »

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Some of the central characters in "The Odyssey" include Odysseus, Agamemnon, Telemachus, Penelope and Laertes. Greek gods and goddesses including Athena, Zeus and Poseidon also play a role in the story. More »

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In Homer's "The Odyssey," Athena helps Odysseus after he escaped from Calypso's island and guides him along his journey. Because Athena is patron goddess of heroes, it is her job to protect Odysseus from danger. More »

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The Odyssey is the second of two epic poems attributed to the classical Greek poet, Homer. Historical and archaeological evidence supports the theory that Homer wrote the Odyssey sometime near the end of the eighth centu... More »

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The Odyssey has many different archetypes that are still relevant in literature, film art, and theater. Some of the archetypes include the trickster, the mentor, the temptress and the underworld archetype. More »

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