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  1. Nov 2020
    1. Three times I poured some out and gave it to him,                           480 and, like a fool, he swilled it down. So then, once that strong wine had addled Cyclops’ wits,

      Did Odysseus really need to give the cyclops the wine to trick him given what has happened?

    2. ‘Nobody is killing me, my friends, by treachery, not using any force.’

      Given that Odysseus was clever enough to fool the cyclops regarding his name, what do you think instigated Odysseus to give away his trick?

      Side note: The saying that a magician should never reveal his secrets.

    3. He said this to throw me off, but his deceit                                        370 could never fool me. I was too clever. And so I gave him a misleading answer:

      Another line of dialogue that would have had a god like Athena interject to suggest the use of cunning. In this case compared to the Iliad which gives us insight on how the author is different. Thoughts are described and this could be because the story revolves around Odysseus, a man who uses wit rather then strength which makes the author use more internal thoughts and explanations.

    4. As he spoke, our hearts collapsed, terrified by his deep voice and monstrous size. But still, I answered him and said:

      Compared to the Iliad this was the first case where emotions were used to describe a characters feelings before dialogue. This is usually done through the use of god characters.

    5. Resourceful Odysseus then replied to Alcinous:

      Epithets are often used with Odysseus and specifically when he is about to do an interaction with another character in the story.

  2. Oct 2020
    1. The Trojans came on in a mass, led by Hector,                                   160 always charging forward, like a rolling boulder, which some river in a winter flood dislodges from a cliff beside its banks, its great flood eroding what supports that lethal stone.

      Using a simile to explain how massive the charge Hector is leading with the Trojan army. Like a boulder they will smash into the water where the Greeks are and destroy everything as if creating a flood.

    2. Thus Zeus brought Hector and the Trojans to the ships. Then he left the soldiers there to carry on their strife, their wretched endless war.

      Homer using the gods again to explain the thought processes and actions of the mortals. In this case, where Hector leads his troops towards the Greek ships. Zeus is leading them the right way. The chose being made as Zeus giving them instructions.

  3. Sep 2020
    1. Now long-haired Achaeans are mocking us, saying we’ve put forward as a champion one who looks good, but lacks a strong brave mind.

      Why do you think when the Trojans are mentioning the Greeks they mention them as "long-haired Achaeans"?

      My take on it is that its an insult as to call them out to look like women because they have long hair as Homer does include insults that relate to the opposite sex.

    2. Despicable Paris, handsomest of men, but woman-mad seducer. How I wish you never had been born or died unmarried.

      Why do you think the statement of "handsomest of men" was used by Homer when it is stated that Hector is insulting him?

      In my opinion, he is trying to create a reflection of how he looks the part of a hero but, lacks the internal motivations to be a real hero.