October 26th: Civilized or savage, the original adventurer, Odysseus.
October 19th (Class session, 1 hour) Introduction: The discussions we have had this week around the Odyssey are less dry than I imagined they would be, no offense to the Professor. The meaning of words like homophosune has stuck with me, I even used it in a conversation with my friends. Nevertheless, focusing on the relationships Homer has personified and the connections and stories that stem from the great epic, the Odyssey has been a whirlwind. Thus in my journal post I want to discuss my favorite aspect of the mythological world. The underworld, represented in thousands of years of literature in my opinion was never as intricate as it was in the ancient world.
October 20th (1.5 hours reading summaries): I like to read the summaries of each book before I do the reading. I do this so I do not have to focus on the story as much as what the characters are saying. It allows for a more in-depth reading the first time and generally saves me time.
October 22nd (2 hours catching up on all the reading) The Odyssey does have a theme of savagery and host of provocative images. Leading me to believe that, the epic is more centered around the debauchery men garner when they are alone together. This conclusion has been drawn from the numerous adventures Odysseus and his men get into. They end up on the island with Klaypso, they have to escape sirens singing them to there death, they get turned into pigs, eat cows and eventually they suffer the consequences. All these stories are what leads me to the major focus of the underworld in Book
October 23rd (.5 hour on
October 24th (4 hours on answering questions)
- What does it mean to be “civilized”? Are the people that Odysseus encounters in his wanderings civilized? Why or why not?
- Odysseus goes to the underworld to find out how to get home. But what else does he learn in the process, about himself, about how the world works, or about what’s important in life?
- Why does Odysseus agree to tell his story to the Phaeacians?
- How strongly does Odysseus want to go home at this point in the story? What to you explains his desire to go home?
- How does Nausicaa compare to Calypso and Penelope?
- Are the Phaeacians heroic? Is their king a good leader?
October 26th: Conclusion (2 hours writing this post)