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Hospitality in the Odyssey Hospitality has played a large role in ancient Mycenaen society and is even evident in the writings of the time as witnessed in Homers Odyssey Hospitality reveals itself as a domineering factor in the way characters act and the way characters are treated in this epic poem One instance of the role of hospitality in the Odyssey occurs early on in the epic when Telemachus secretly set off to find Nestor Upon first sight of Telemachus and Athene and without any inquiries about who they were Nestors son Peisistratus invited them to the banquet that was in progress It was not until after Telemachus and Athene had had their fill of food and gotten comfortable that they were asked who they were and where they came from A second instance of hospitality at work in the Odyssey came in book six when Nausicaa found Odysseus on the shores of Scherie Even though Odysseus must have appeared intimidating or even monstrous Nausicaa felt obligated to help As was the case when Telemachus visited Nestor food and drink was readily given to Odysseus shortly after his arrival at the palace Even though Odysseus was a total stranger he was still promised food shelter and a ride back to his homeland These gestures of hospitality in the Odyssey were used as an instrument to tell the reader who were the protagonists and who were the antagonists All of the good characters immediately took Odysseus or his son Telemachus into their homes and fed them None of the antagonists in the story ever exhibited any form of hospitality towards Odysseus or Telemachus In the Odyssey the good offered hospitality and the bad fed off of the hospitality of others
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