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Literary Analysis of "The Odyssey"

Summary: Explores the theme of hospitality in "The Odyssey" by Homer as well as define Ancient Greek culture.

The Odyssey is a celebrated epic filled with many different themes, motifs, styles, and characters that could be examined in vast detail, but the theme of hospitality is a reoccurring one throughout the entire narrative. Homer writes about examples of both great hospitality and very inhospitable characters in his epic poem. Hospitality in The Odyssey creates definition of how individuals are either punished or rewarded by the gods.

In the time of The Odyssey, not only large tracts of land separate civilizations, but also natural barriers and mythical obstacles. People could not have made the journeys that they made if they were not able to rely on other peoples for food, shelter, protection, and supplies. There are several examples of people showing hospitality because of their sincere desire to serve the gods. There are also those who show hospitality only because they fear the punishment...

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