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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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The invocation is the first paragraph of "The Odyssey," where Homer is pleading with a Muse to help guide his words to tell the tale of Odysseus, the last Greek survivor of the Trojan War that has not made his way home o... 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 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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In the "Odyssey," Eurycleia is a servant in the household of Odysseus who took care of both him and his son, Telemachus, during their childhood days. During Odysseus' absence, Eurycleia serves the role of the confidant f... More »

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