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Although both Circe and Calypso from Homers The Odyssey fulfill the archetypal theme of the witch who hinders the protagonists return they have several differences between them One of the first differences is simply the way that each witch detains Odysseus When Odysseus meets Circe he subdues her with a plan given to him by Hermes Zeus personal messenger As soon as Circe gives you a tap with her long rod draw your swordshe will be terrified and will invite you to come in with her Do not refuse Rouse 118 His plan works Circe says Come now put your sword in the sheathRouse 11 After Odysseus overcomes Circe she is more docile and welcomes him into her home Let us lie down on my bed and trust each other in love Rouse 119 However Calypso is a different more pleasant story After staying in her palace for eight years Zeus sends Hermes to set Odysseus free Zeussays theres a man herethe most unlucky of them alland the orders are to send him away at once Rouse 64 Calypso is enjoying her new lover but she lets him you luck all the same If you knew what troubles you will haveyou would stay where you are and keep this house with me and be immortal however much you might want to see your wife whom you long for day in and day out Is she prettier than me I think not Rouse 66 Circe also possesses a somewhat sinister nature whereas Calypso genuinely cares for Odysseus Circes poisonous side is shown in several different ways Although Hermes warns Odysseus I will reveal to you all the malign arts of Circe She will make you a posset and informs him your companions are shut up yonder in Circes like so many pigs cozy in their pigsties Rouse 118 However Calypso genuinely cares for Odysseus The love was all on
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