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Throughout the epic poem the Odyssey Odysseus and his men encounter many dangerous threats to their nosdos or homecoming The Homeric Ethic of a series of adventures provides Odysseus with opportunities to increase his heroism by conquering his inhibitors By being an epic hero his character has the ability to be a role model for men to be clever and strong One of these great opportunities to heighten his heroism occurs when Odysseus and his men wash up on the shore of Aiaia island of Circe an immortal enchantress who takes pride in attracting men and transforming them into animals The cultural contact between Odysseus and his men with the thelkterion or sexual magic and polypharmaca or potion making powers of Circe paint a picture of the culture of ancient Greek society In the episode with Circe the mens approach to Circe contrasted with Odysseuss approach with her display a guide for men to dominate dangerous troublesome woman as Odysseus transforms this villain to an ally The immediate cultural contact between Odysseuss men with Circe foreshadows danger and serves as a warning to men to not be fooled by charming women When the men listen to her singing in a sweet voice 221 and admire her glorious hair220 and great design on a loom222 they are immediately charmed and absorbed into her world The men intend to indulge in pleasure as all their innocence entered 231 From this act the reader can be conclude that these men are naive and gullible They do not suspect this woman as a threat because she is beautiful and she also has domestic responsibility as she weaves on a loom The naivet of the men is literal when Circe transforms them from pigs back into men and they appear younger than they had been 395 Although the men should have recognized it Circe is unlike other traditional Greek women as she is not attached to a man and
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