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A Reminder of Manhood Throughout Homers epic work The Odyssey Odysseus encounters temptations of beautiful women and the promise of immortality Under the price of having to sacrifice his manhood Odysseus is willing to abandon his homeland one of the ways in which manhood was defined in the ancient world to live in eternal bliss Calypso Circe and the Sirens are all examples of the beautiful women whom Odysseus must face and overcome in order to return to his native land Although each temptress implores different methods of enticement a common goal of detaining Odysseus from returning home is prevalent however through failing efforts and intervention of the gods the constant prodding of Odysseus crew or prior knowledge of the situation Odysseus prevails over the enchantresses temptations allowing Odysseus to return to his homeland once again regaining his identity as a man The episode involving the beautiful nymph Calypso relies on the intervention of the gods to rescue Odysseus from her enticing actions With divine power on his side Odysseus gains the right to return home and regain his identity as a man and as a leader For seven years Calypso has lured Odysseus to lay with her each night for she compelled him V 164 Using her beauty while possessing hopes of making Odysseus her husband the enchantress becomes overly distressed when the gods announce that she must release Odysseus and permit him to return to his homeland Reluctant to let him go Calypso promises Odysseus immortal life if he chooses to stay with her Without the divine intervention Calypso would have continued to hold Odysseus captive on her island The gods instructing the beautiful nymph to release him possess power to demand her the power that Calypso cannot challenge Although Calypso attempts to convince Odysseus to stay with visions of regaining his identity in sight he declines her offer of immortal life and chooses to leave the island
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