Example research essay topic: Passage Analysis From The Odyssey – 320 words

My lady goddess, here is no cause for anger. My
quiet Penlop — how well I know — would seem a
shade before your majesty, death and old age being
unknown to you, while she must die. Yet, it is
true, each day I long for home, long for the sight
of home. If any god has marked me out again for
shipwreck, my tough heart can undergo it. What
hardship have I not long since endured at sea, in
battle! Let the trial come. (Book V lines 224-233)
Odysseus, being a thoughtful and effective orator,
understands the goddess hidden threat.

He is being
very careful at answering her questions. First,
sensing the goddess is feeling jealous, he asks
her no to be angry and assures her that for Penlop
is mortal, her beauty and form is no match
compares her. Second, in his reply he omits his
desire to see his wife instead he said I long for
home, long for the sight of home (line 229).
Odysseus expresses his words in such a way that he
gives away absolutely nothing of his own thought;
instead he simply gives back the sweet nymph her
own initial premise. In other words, when Kalypso
asks Can I be less desirable than she is? Less
interesting? Less beautiful? Can mortals compare
with goddesses in grace and form? (lines 220-222)
Odysseus, instead of proving her point, he just
repeats it: My quiet Penlopwould seem a shade
before you majesty (lines 225-226) because she is
mortal while you are immortal and unaging
therefore she must seem less beautiful. This is
not just a clever parody on Odysseus part for he
is a hero who recognizes and accepts his
mortality, but he also realizes that mortal is
mortal, immortal is immortal, while two may
occasionally meet — his years on an island with
goddess, Kalypso, for example — they never mix
for they cannot be compare..

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