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The Odyssey is an epic poem which revolves around Odysseus and his journey home from the war at Troy Throughout his travels he is met with many obstacles and adventures There are times when he thinks he will never make it home But through perseverance faith maturation and heroics he manages to survive and reach his homeland of Ithaca as a changed man In The Odyssey Odysseus the main character must journey from Troy to his homeland of Ithaca Throughout this journey he learns many lessons faces obstacles testing his physical and mental strength and grows from an arrogant self-centered hero into a humble respectful survivor With the help of the Gods he is finally able to return to Ithaca as an honorable man In Book VI of the Odyssey Odysseus wakes on the shore of Phaecia The Goddess Athena has sent the beautiful Nausicaa a dream instructing her to wash clothes in preparation for an upcoming marriage Athena makes Nausicaa brave and Odysseus handsome bringing them together in order to assist Odysseus to the house of the king In this particular book the Gods assist Odysseus and he manages to come closer to getting home Athena helps him out over and over again in Book VI Everything seems to be done to help Odysseus and so he is lucky to have the Gods behind him but the grey-eyed Goddess Athena made her tarry so Odysseus might behold her beauty and win her guidance to the town 175 Here Odysseus is actually being led where he needs to go by Athena indirectly All the places with lush greenery and the resting-place of Odysseus has even been made by Athena The sun was going down when they went by Athenas grove 181 The manipulation by the Gods appears to lead t a common goal the survival of Odysseus and the assistance of getting him home The gods may not be able to stop fate but they
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