The Epic Continues – The Plan Begins

Learning TargetSymbolism and its role in Book 17 of The Odyssey.

Review: “The Beggar and the Faithful Dog”- page 794 – 795 

Argos, Odysseus’ dog, has been waiting for his master for 20 years.  This scene reflects the theme of loyalty throughout the book.  This trait is seen throughout the story.  Think about some other loyal characters.

Classwork:  “Getting angry is easy.  It is better to get angry at the right time, at the right person and for the right reason”.  Odysseus says this to Telemachus, his son. 

  1. Why does he give him this advice? 
  2. Explain how Telemachus shows he listens to his father’s advice. 
  3. In your opinion, is it good advice to follow throughout one’s life?  Explain clearly. 

Reading for today:

Today’s Video – 53:08-1:06:42

Extra related video:

Video – Oberyn Martell vs. Gregor Clegane: Oberyn goes for a smarter approach against the bigger man, and initially it works.  Oberyn’s arrogance (pride) at the end causes his death, after he had the battle won. (View in advance – violent imagery) 

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The Cyclops – Danger and Deception

Today we will analyze the text and look over the video of Odysseus and his crew in the Cyclops’ cave.  There are a few key points / concepts to analyze.

Notes

  • Odysseus’ curiosity got him stuck in Polyphemus’ cave 
  • The Cyclops is monstrous and dangerous 
  • Homer constantly stresses that a ‘thoughtful solution’ is necessary 
  • Odysseus thinks quickly and lies to the Cyclops about his boat’s location

Due TodayReading 4 pages “The Cyclops’ Cave”. Answer the following 4 questions please. Use complex sentences and proof from the video and or text.

  1. Cyclops goes to sleep and Odysseus DOES NOT kill him – why?  
  2. The Cyclops is not afraid of Zeus or the other gods – why not?
  3. Why is Odysseus constantly touted as ‘smart’, and does this make him the exception to the rule? 
  4. What purpose do Odysseus’ lies and deceptions serve while he speaks with the Cyclops?

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