The Odyssey - Books Five and Six – ‘Calypso’ and ‘Nausicaa’ Summary & Analysis

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The gods meet to discuss Odysseus, and Zeus sends Hermes down to Calypso. Hermes informs Calypso that it is the will of Zeus that she let Odysseus go. Calypso cannot refuse, even though she loves Odysseus and wants him to stay with her. So, she helps Odysseus build a raft to leave her island.

Poseidon sees Odysseus on a raft in the ocean and decides to give him some trouble before he reaches Phaeacia. He knows he cannot kill him, because Zeus has ordained for him to survive, but Poseidon hates Odysseus and wants to at least make him suffer a bit more before he reaches home. He sends a storm to wreck Odysseus’ raft.

Odysseus is tossed about at sea until a sea-nymph called Ino takes pity on him and gives him her veil to tie around...

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