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Does Homer make the Odyssey exciting If so how and if not why not By being filled with vigour and an outstanding word selection the Odyssey sets the mood for many of the adventures allowing the reader to become caught up in the story In Homers description of the adventure you feel overcome with curiosity while reading The plot of the Odyssey consists of the journey taken by the main character Odysseus while returning from the Trojan War The wanderings are presented by use of flashback points in the poem where theyve added meaning or more striking effect which is more dramatic or tightens the plot For example the opening scenes show the disorder that has arisen in Odysseus household during his long absence A band of suitors is destroying his property as they attempt to steal his wife Penelope One cannot help but feel the beginning of an adventure whilst Telemachus goes in search of his father and Penelope mourns for her husband She is a smart character by eluding the suitors of marriage by her weaving The focus then shifts to Odysseus himself The story tells of his ten years of travelling Odysseuss ships were immediately blown to Thrace by a powerful storm The expedition had begun Upon this misfortune he and his men started a raid on the land of the Cicones However this only provided them with temporary success The Cicones had struck back and defeated a vast majority of Odysseuss crew The reader can expect this to be the first of many disastrous experiences to come During his adventures he has to face such dangers as the man-eating giant Polyphemus and threats such as the goddess Calypso who offers him immortality if he will abandon his quest for home One is always pondering how Odysseus is going to react to the next situation or if the G-ds are going to intervene The second half of the poem
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