Role Of Suspense In The Odyssey

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During books twenty-one and twenty-two of The Odyssey, Homer maintains suspense in three ways. The first way that Homer creates suspense is through foreshadowing, he directly tells the audience what is going to happen in the beginning of the story. This creates suspense as the audience cannot wait for the moment that Odysseus will string and shoot the bow. The second way that Homer creates suspense is through the expression of the suitors. When Odysseus, disguised as a beggar, picks up the bow, the suitors teased the disguised Odysseus’ ability to shoot the bow. This creates suspense because the audience knows that Odysseus will perfectly shoot the bow, but everyone in the room, except Telemachus, doubts him. When he does successfully shoot
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