Essay On Athena In The Odyssey

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Athena is a major character throughout the book of The Odyssey and is known as the goddess of wisdom and battle. Throughout the course of the book, it is evident that Athena has a weak spot for the main character, Odysseus. Odysseus is trying to return home after the Trojan War, as the other Greek hero’s have already done, however he faces multiple challenges a long the way. Fortunately, for Odysseus, Athena was there to guide him through a few of these troubling situations. Athena makes several comments throughout the text that allow us to see how much she truly does care for Odysseus and it starts very early in the book. In Book One, she is conversing with “Father, son of Cronus, the high and mighty king” (Home 1.54) telling him how Odysseus does not deserve death, that he earned his life. She explained to him, “my heart breaks for Odysseus” (Homer 1.57). This is the first time in text we see her feelings about Odysseus come out, however it does not stop there. In Book Five, gods are gathered on Mount Olympus to discuss and determine the fate of Odysseus. Athena is present …show more content…

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