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According to the American Heritage Dictionary the meaning of hospitality is cordial and generous reception of or disposition toward guests In The Odyssey hospitality greatly affects the whole book In fact because it is used so often it is one of the six major themes in the epic tale Every time a stranger would enter a persons home then that person would take in the guest and treat that guest with courtesy The person must supply that stranger guest with food drink and gifts to bear on the way home as a remembrance of that person Hospitality is such a main factor in the epic tale that The Odyssey would collapse with the lack of use of it Hospitality is used throughout the whole book contributes to the fact of how Odysseus is so famous and is treasured by the people that treat the strangers Hospitality being in use throughout the whole book makes The Odyssey the way it is Throughout the whole book hospitality is in use It is common for showing hospitality to others by gift giving and sharing meals For example in Book VIII titled Songs of the Harper in The Odyssey the Phaiakians gave Odysseus many generous gifts before Odysseus even revealed his identity No matter how poor the host may be hospitality is still used nevertheless In Book XIV titled BarronsPink Monkey Hospitality in the Forest in The Odyssey Odysseus swineherd Eumaeus is visited by Odyssey although disguised as a beggar Eumaeus although not rich still treats the beggar very courteously and gives him the best of the swine for dinner Wherever the travelers go when they find some kind of refuge and there is a host then the host will have to treat the traveler very well and supply the traveler with his or her necessities Also hospitality is a factor on the survival of many men On page 54 lines 33-39 in The Odyssey Menelos
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