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Clash of Ithaca The epic poem The Odyssey written by Homer is comprised of twenty-four books of adventurous stories The story of DEATH IN THE GREAT HALL book twenty-two is the most interesting because it is action-packed from start to finish This story is also very descriptive in describing the scene of events giving the reader a vivid image of the tale The descriptive words give some phrases a double meaning making certain parts of the story different depending on the interpretation This makes the story thought provoking as well as more entertaining The story starts off excitedly as Odysseus leaps up shrugging off his rag clothes This action by the hero in the first sentence shows that this story is action-packed When the King of Ithaca makes a claim of hitting a target no man has hit before the suitors wonder what target this prolific archer has in mind They do not think that he means shooting one of them The reader however begins to think of the true meaning of Odysseus words The action begins as Odysseus slays the ringleader of the suitors Antinous The description of his death is very vivid as the reader is told of the arrow punched up to the feathers of his throat This is a very descriptive technique used by Homer which not only tells the reader of Antinous death but that the arrow went all the way through his neck The concise words used by Homer make the story all the more engaging The reader is told that the suitors become confused and angered The suitors threaten to kill Odysseus for his actions This is when our hero unveils his identity The suitors then became fearful and looked for an escape route Eurymakhos was the only suitor brave enough to speak claiming that revenge was taken in Antinous slaying He spoke on behalf of the suitors offering twenty oxen with bronze and gold gifts
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