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The Odyssey an epic poem written by Homer in the 8th Century BC portrays Odysseus homeward voyage as well as Odysseus return home In Reunion written by Louise Gluck Gluck like Homer portrays Odysseus return home after twenty years Reunion works as a modern day interpretation in that it shows Odysseus and Penelopes gathering after being apart for twenty years Gluck portrays Reunion in a way that is simplistic and easy going in that Penelope believes in Odysseus right away whereas Homer portrays a more realistic reuniting of the two in that Penelope is reluctant to believe that her husband is indeed home and alive after all of those years Although Homer and Gluck have similar ideas about Odysseus and Penelopes reunion both still have their own unique ideas and differences too Reunion written by Louise Gluck is an interpretation of the Odyssey and is very symbolic in its own way The title Reunion shows the reader that Odysseus and Penelope are separated and that they are brought together after all these years In Glucks poem the narrator starts off and shows that Odysseus has finally returned home When Odysseus has returned at lastunrecognizable to Ithaca and killed the suitors swarming the throne room Gluck ll 1-3 In lines 1-3 Gluck shows that after twenty years Odysseus although not as recognizable as he once was came back to regain his kingdom and kill all the suitors in trying to wed his beloved wife Penelope Gluck reviews the story at the beginning of her poem so that the reader is aware of what has happened This is important not only because it provides the reader with background information but can also help prepare the reader for future references and possibly help foreshadow certain events In lines 4-6 Telemachus is seen briefly but is cleverly brought out of the picture in that Odysseus and Penelope are finally alone together after all of these years They can finally
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