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Throughout the epic poem The Odyssey Homer employs a technique called parataxis This technique is used frequently to identify characters in the book or explaining an event The poem not only covers the story of Odyssey The poem not only covers the story of Odysseus but also touches upon other characters as well By using parataxis Homer can briefly tell and describe characters and events Often characters are identified by their relationships to others a great deed they have accomplished to hardships they have come across In describing Odysseus in Book V lines 97 to 115 of which lines 105 to 110 are paratactical Hermes says you have with you the man who is wretched beyond all the other men of all those who fought around the city of Priam for nine years and in the tenth they sacked the city and set sail for home but on the voyage home they offended Athene who let loose an evil tempest and tall waves against them Then all the rest of his excellent companions perished but the wind and the current carried him here and here they drove him The original conversation between Hermes and Kalypso had little to do with Odysseuss journey Hermes in lines 97 to 115 tells Kalypso that Odysseuss fate lie not on the island but back home in Ithaka The parataxis interrupts the line of conversation to inform the reason why Odysseus arrives here It gives a glimpse the span of Odysseuss journey and the fate of his companions before the story is told In this instance Hermes identifies Odysseus with the obstacles he has overcome At times a parataxis of a certain character in one part of the poem help explain matters later on In book XI lines 281 to 297 Odysseus tells of Chloris a beautiful maiden Of those lines lines 287 to 290 are paratactical Also she bore that marvel among mortals majestic Pero
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