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Omen birds are an important theme in the Odyssey They are important prophecies Omen birds play a much stronger part in Ithaca and in Telemachuss story than in the Odyssey In The Odyssey omen birds foretell the killing of the suitors Odysseuss homecoming and reassure Telemachus that his house will remain powerful In The Odyssey when the Telemachy is starting and Telemachus first addresses the suitors and says If you think it a sounder scheme to destroy one mans estate and not make restitution then eat your fill while I pray that Zeus will bring a say of reckoning when in this house I will destroy you and not make restitutionBook 2 lines 140-144 to warn them that if they do not leave his house eventually they will be killed as he speaks Zeus sends two eagles to fly over the suitors This prophecy foretells the massacre of the suitors but none listen In book fifteen Telemachus Returns when he is with Menelaus about to leave and return to Ithaca an eagle flies from the right carrying a goose from the yard Helen says Just as this eagle came down from his native mountains and pounced on our home-fed goose so shall Odysseus after many hardships and many wanderings reach his home and have his revenge Or he is already there and planning trouble for the whole pack of Suitors Book 15 lines 172-179 This omen compares Odysseus to the eagle and the suitors to the goose which is helpless against the eagle When Telemachus finally lands on the shore of Ithaca he doubts that they will be able to stop his wife from marrying a suitor He is talking to Theoclymenus when Apollos bird the hawk flies by holding a dove Theoclymenus pulls Telemachus away and says Telemachus it was by a gods will that this bird flew past on your right Directly I set eyes on it I knew
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