Family Relationships in The Oddysey
To a greater degree than its prequel, the Odyssey seems to give particular attention to family relationships. The ways in which parents, children, and spouses interact with and regard one another is explored through the narrative with several different outcomes. Think about the family situations in Ithaca, Mycenae, and Sparta, and about the relationships between the gods and their families within the Odyssey storyline. How can we read the marriage of Odysseus and Penelope? Menelaus and Helen? What is the importance of the relationship between fathers and sons? Household masters and servants? What values are conveyed about the noble household in Homer’s time in these interactions? What idea of justice is conveyed? Write an essay of 4-5 pages which explores one important family relationship and its outcome as it is portrayed in the Odyssey. You may, in addition to Homer, consider texts related to the narrative of the Odyssey in your essay, such as Aeschylus’ Oresteia, which dwells in the same territories and also speaks to this family-oriented dimension of Greek justice.
Use in-text citations for references to specific lines in the text, using book and line numbers in parentheses (Odyssey iv.489-502). It should look exactly like that. Also, when citing verse of more than four lines, please set as verse; do not use the back slash. The back slash is only for short quotations in text of four lines or less.
You will be graded on
• The quality of your discussion
• Integration of material
• Grammar and syntax, style
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