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One of the most famous works from the early Greek era is Homers The Odyssey It details the journey home of a war hero Odysseus His homecoming entails many adventures many of them carrying reflective themes The Sirens are one episode that he must overcome This episode contains many prevalent themes that are repeated throughout the work Though the varied episodes differ in terms of characters and settings most are based on similar patterns of plot and theme The themes that are most emphasized are forgetfulness a willingness to risk pain for pleasure and female temptation When comparing the Sirens episode with much of Odysseus other adventures one can observe an emergence and repetition of these themes The most obvious comparison that can be drawn between the Sirens episode and most other adventures is the theme of forgetfulness The same idea is repeated in Odysseus adventures with Calypso Circe and most importantly the Lotus-eaters The Sirens are all knowing and draw men in with their songs about all that has happened in the world but all those who stop to listen can never leave Fortunately the Sirens are unable to draw Odysseus in because he has been forewarned by Circe and knows how to resist but melt wax of honey and with it stop your companions ears so none can listen 1247-48 Once he hears their song he forgets about his homeland and wants to be set free so that he can listen to their song fastened me with even more lashings and squeezed me tighter 12196 Without Circes warning he would have been drawn into the song and perished The food of the Lotus-eaters like the song of the Sirens causes those who eat it to forget everything they know Those who ate the fruit had to be bound to the ship like Odysseus must be tied to the mast in order to bypass the Sirens took these men back weeping by
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