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The Characterization of Nausikaa in the Odyssey Characterization is the process that the author will use to make build or create a character In the Odyssey a great epic written by Homer Nausikaa King Alkinoos daughter is a good example of a girl who is an excellent hostess to Odysseus she provides him a bath clothing food and simple advice as well she also cares about her image as a virtuous woman Nausikaa is characterized by what she does what she says and what others say about her Nausikaa is characterized by what she does In the opening scene where The people of the sea the Phaiakians live on Skheria island Skheria is where Odysseus ends up after his final shipwreck and where he tells the story of all his adventures which is governed by King Alkinoos and his wife Arete Their daughter princess Nausikaa offers clothes to Odysseus when she sees him naked while down bathing and washing the Marriage linen with her maidens She tells him to come to her fathers palace alone to avoid any gossip Nausikaa is portrayed in this epic as young virginal bright and lovely Nausikaa is characterized by what she says at one point in Book VI to Odysseus when he impresses her so much that she says At one point I wish my husband could be as fine as he Though Nausikaa is young enough to be Odysseus daughter and he has lived too long and been through too much to find lasting appeal in her youthful innocence We seem to think there could be a romance here and this is clearly seen on Nausikaas mind Nausikaa is further characterized by what others say about her In book VI Nausikaa is asleep in her bed and Athena in yet another disguise comes to Nausikaa in a dream in the form of one of her girl friends and Nausikaa
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