Odyssey Critics

Jones

  • "The reunion scene when it does come will be that much poignant"
  • "She clutches every straw of hope"
  • "The Gods help only those who are worthy of it"
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Griffin

  • "villains [...] offer monstrous parodies of the gifts which are due to the guest"
  • "held together by an explicit theory of justice and of divine behaviour"
  • "he is a winner" (Athene's support for Odysseus is because)
  • men having free will and Gods can't control that
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Knox

  • "master of all arts of deceit"
  • "thoroughly domestic base"
  • "same mould" --> Penelope and Odysseus's similarity
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Thorpe

  • "bond between host and guest [...] supreme importance"
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Finley

  • Penelope became a "moral heroine" for later generations
  • "a deep horizontal cleavage marked the world of the Homeric poems" (class division)
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Murnagham

  • "own shedding of disguise and recognition"
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Bassett

  • "domestic intrigue"
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