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From the beginning of time and continuously through the ages there has always been the struggle between good and evil Through the Odyssey Homer presents a clear view of both good and evil Odysseus the hero and main character of the Odyssey is portrayed by Homer as the unequivocal essence of goodness and all that is right Penelope being the heroes wife is also depicted by Homer as being purely good Through Telemachus Homer once again illustrates a clear view of goodness and all its virtues But through the Suitors and Clytaemnestra Homer is able to present a very clear view of evil Odysseus being the hero of the Odyssey is made to be the measuring stick of goodness by Homer As it is with every hero figure Odysseus must face obstacles and struggle to overcome them using his mind and also his strength but at the same time make sure all that he does is good and honourable Right from the beginning of the Odyssey Homer uses Zeus the most powerful of the gods to praise Odysseus by saying that he could never forget the admirable Odysseus because not only is Odysseus the wisest man alive but that he has also been the most generous in his offerings to the immortal gods Through this Homer shows Odysseus is a good person and respected even by the almighty gods Though Odysseus performs many courageous acts and generous deeds Homer clearly portrays goodness through Odysseus when he is on the island with the goddess Calypso He is stuck on the island for seven years and is forced to make love to the goddess every night but every morning after goes down to the beach and cries and wishes to be able to return home to his wife and family When he leaves the island Calypso offers him a choice to stay with her forever and be immortal but Odysseus declines choosing his mortal wife who
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