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How does Eumaeus treat Odysseus?
Although he does not recognize his old master – Odysseus is in disguise – and has his misgivings, Eumaeus treats Odysseus well, offering food and shelter to one whom he thinks is simply a pauper.
How did Eumaeus become Odysseus swineherd?
Where did Odysseus go first? How did Eumaeus become Odysseus’ swineherd? He was kidnapped by his nurse, who died on the Phoinikian ship that was taking them away from Syrie, and was then sold as a slave to Laertes. What sign did Telemakhos see when he got back to Ithaka?
Why is Eumaeus suspicious of Odysseus?
A Zeus-fearing man, Eumaeus treats this stranger well in order to properly honor the gods, offering him food and shelter. Odysseus gives him news of the war and insists that Odysseus is well. Eumaeus doesn’t believe him, and he’s sure suspicious of the tale Odysseus, still disguised, weaves as a fake backstory.
What God helps Odysseus when he lands on Ithaca?
Now in Ithaca, Odysseus needs protection. He slept for most of the journey from Phaeacia and is unable to recognize Ithaca when he awakes. Athena has provided a mist to cover the land so that she can privately alter Odysseus’ appearance and help him hide his treasure.
Why does Penelope chide the suitors?
When Penelope speaks to the suitors, she leads them on by telling them that Odysseus had instructed her to take a new husband if he should fail to return before Telemachus began growing facial hair. When Odysseus responds with insults of his own, Eurymachus throws a stool at him but misses, hitting a servant instead.
Why does Penelope talk to the beggar?
Penelope is a fair and kind person and she is horrified at how the beggar was treated. She invites the beggar in because he wants to give him food and ask him about Odysseus. Penelope reveals to the beggar that she does not like the suitors invading the castle and she is loyal to Odysseus and will wait for him.
Who did Calypso marry?
Calypso loves Odysseus and wants to make him immortal so he can stay with her and be her husband forever, even though she understands that he doesn’t love her back and wants to return to Penelope.
Who killed Telemachus?
Others relate that he was induced by Athena to marry Circe, and became by her the father of Latinus (Hygin. Fab. 127; comp. Telegonus), or that he married Cassiphone, a daughter of Circe, but in a quarrel with his mother-in-law he slew her, for which in his turn he was killed by Cassiphone (Tzetz.
Why does Penelope feel the need to test Odysseus when he reveals himself to her?
Penelope’s determination to test Odysseus shows that she is intelligent and not easily tricked. In this way, she is very like Odysseus. Penelope’s test reminds us that the two characters are soulmates.
Who attacks Odysseus and is killed?
But Eurymachus tries to bargain with him, saying that Antinous was the ringleader and now that he’s dead, the others will repay him for what they’ve eaten. When Odysseus makes it clear that he intends to kill them, Eurymachus urges the others to fight, attacks Odysseus himself, and is killed.
Why did Penelope not remarry?
Penelope didn’t have a choice. She may have been Queen of Ithaca, but she had little actual power. All men loyal to Odysseus had followed him to Troy, she simply had no way of forcing the suitors to leave the palace. And of course she feared that antagonizing the suitors in any way would put Telemachus’ life in danger.
Why is Penelope unhappy?
1. She’s most upset about Odysseus’s failure to return home: She’s perpetually crying and expressing her grief.