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The Odyssey is a Greek word meaning the tale of Odysseus Odysseus the King of Ithaca husband of Penelope father of Telemachus and son of Laertes was not able to return home after the war he was once in the Trojan War Stuck on an island he is presumed dead In his absence suitors for his wife ruin his house with lavish feasts This epic poem by Homer describes how Odysseus with the help of the gods gets home and regains his kingship Justice is always harsh in the Odyssey there is either no justice or a lot of it the punishment however is always severe Justice in the Odyssey plays out among these characters Odysseus and his crew the suitors Poseidon Aeolus Hyperion Agamemnon Aegisthus Melanthius Melantho Telemachus and Polyphemus Each one of these characters does something wrong and receives a harsh punishment In the Odyssey justice when done always allots a large punishment never a small one Aegisthus courted Agamemnons wife and then killed him The justice of the Gods is a swift and powerful one However Aegisthus had been warned we ourselves had sent Hermes the keen-eyed Giant-slayer to warn him neither to kill the man nor to court his wife pg 4 Aegisthus ignored the warning killing Agamemnon and courting his wife Orestes Agamemnons son killed Aegisthus to avenge his fathers death The gods saw this as swift fair and powerful justice And now Aegisthus has paid the final price for all his sins pg 4 The suitors led by Antinous and Eurymachus expect justice to be served when Telemachus sails to Pylos without telling them The Suitors had embarked and were sailing the high seas with murder for Telemachus in their hearts pg 69 They eventually found him however they did not kill him like they sought out to This is a case in which justice did not happen at all The adventure of Odysseus and Polyphemus the cycloptic son
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