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Gentle waves lap against the Ithacian shore line as Odysseus has finally reached his native homeland Rumors of the great turmoil that has rocked Odysseus home land and house has reached him abroad After hearing the news he decides to don a beggars disguise and so forth begins the great test When the disguised Odysseus in Homers great epic poem The Odyssey converses with her wife Penelope in Book nineteen he tests her loyalty to her husband s honor and her love of her missing husband Odysseus disguised as a beggar is the basis for the lies that are going to be told to Penelope in this passage by him In my opinion this is the main lie that is used as the building block for many other lies to be told Odysseus is being deceitful by disguising himself as a beggar for specific reasons His reasons are to find out what has been going on in Ithaca in his twenty years absence He wants to find out his wifes loyalty to him as the husband and the authority figure and her love to her husband If she did not still love him he might think twice about revealing his identity to his wife and to the island of Ithaca He wants to get a feeling of how Penelope feels towards him before he reveals himself to her The beggar assures Penelope that he has really spent some time with her husband in Amnisus because there was a terrible storm and Then on the thirteenth day the wind died down and they set sail for Troy Homer 397 19233-234 There are two statements that reassure Penelope that the beggar does know Odysseus So I took Odysseus back to my own house gave him a heros welcome treated him in styleHomer 396 19222-223 and A dozen days they stayed with me there Homer 397
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