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In Homers Odyssey and Virgils Aeneid Hermes and Mercury portray similar conceptualizations of love as well as differing ideas regarding duty to the Voice of God Both Homer and Virgil believe love and obsession are intertwined Homer subscribes to the belief that although the gods always get their way mortals can rebel Virgil on the other hand feels people should immediately obey the gods One may compare Homer and Virgils still popular descriptions of love to my concept of healthy love Todays society is split regarding the unquestionability of the Voice of God and ones duty to him Both Homer and Virgil see love with undestined partners as consisting of an obsessive woman and a caring yet detached man Two such women detain Odysseus on his journey home Circe and Kalypso Both require Hermes instruction on how to respond to Odysseus Hermes is a key player in Odysseus first meeting with Circe He appears to Odysseus as a shepherd boy and gives him a plant that will confer immunity to Circes spells He then maps out a plan of action for Odysseus to ensure he escapes Circe alive and intact One sees the other side of Hermes actions when Odysseus fails to fall under Circes spell She cries Odysseus then you are O great contender of whom the glittering god with golden wand spoke to me ever We two shall mingle and make love upon our bed Od 10371-376 Hermes the god of the golden wand planned the whole encounter and this also enables Odysseus to leave when he so desires Even though Circe offers a flawless bed of love 10390 Odysseus eventually decides to leave When asked Circe consents to his departure but not until he has visited the land of Death Perhaps by this Circe means to deter Odysseus as he freely admits his fear of the place One must consider that Hermes foretold Odysseus stay
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