The Odyssey Chapters 17-19
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Why does Telemachos tell the "beggar" to go into town?
So he can beg for food
What god does Telemachos say to pray to for revenge?
Which three friends does Telemachos see?
Mentor, Antiphos, and Halitherses
When Telemachas goes to the palace, what does Penelope ask for?
News about Odysseus
Why does Telemachus tell Pyraeus not to bring the gifts from Menelaos?
He thinks the suitors might steal the treasures.
What is the name of the goatherd?
Melanthios (and he works for the suitors)
How does he treat Odysseus and Eumaos?
He yells at Eumaos and kicks the beggar (Odysseus!)
How does Antinous act towards the beggar?
He reluctantly gives him food but insults him. Then he hits him with a stool and even the other suitors are disgusted with that behavior.
What happens when Penelope hears of the rough treatment that was given to the beggar?
She asks that the beggar be brought to the palace. She wants to question him about Odysseus, but Odysseus doesn't want the suitors to see him going to the queen's room.
Who is Arnaeus (nicknamed Irus)?
He is another beggar who wanders into the palace. He is brash and challenges Odysseus to a fight. Athena gives Odysseus extra strength and he beats up Irus quite easily.
Who is Amphinomus?
He is one of the suitors and he is impressed with Odysseus' fighting. Odysseus takes Amphinomus aside and tells him that the suitors should leave because Odysseus will soon be returning to the palace but he doesn't leave.
What is the fate of Amphinomus?
He will die at the hands of Telemachus.
How does Athena intervene with Penelope?
She makes her even more desirable and puts into her head that she should address her suitors and say that Odysseus told her to marry if he didn't return byt the time Telemachus has facial hair. She then tricks them (to the silent delight of Odysseus) by telling them they should be bringing HER gifts instead of taking what belongs to her husband.
How do the suitors react?
They shower her with valuable gifts. The maidservant Melantho, Melanthius's sister, insults him as an inferior being and a drunk; Odysseus then scares them off with threats. Hoping to make Odysseus even more angry at the suitors, Athena now inspires Eurymachus to insult him. When Odysseus responds with insults of his own, Eurymachus throws a stool at him but misses, hitting a servant instead. Just as a riot is about to break out, Telemachus steps in and diffuses the situation, to the consternation of the suitors.
What happens when the suitors retire for the night?
Telemachus and Odysseus remove the arms as planned. Athena lights the room for them so that they can see as they work. Telemachus tells Eurycleia that they are storing the arms to keep them from being damaged.
What prediction does the beggar give Penelope?
He tells Penelope that, essentially, Odysseus had a long ordeal but is alive and freely traveling the seas, and predicts that Odysseus will be back within the month.
After Telemachus retires to bed, Penelope calls for the beggar to come see her. Why?
She has come from the women's quarters to question her curious visitor. She knows that he has claimed to have met Odysseus, and she tests his honesty by asking him to describe her husband. Odysseus describes the Greek hero—himself, capturing each detail so perfectly that it reduces Penelope to tears. He then tells the story of how he met Odysseus and eventually came to Ithaca.
What does Eurycleia do?
She promises to keep his secret.
When Penelope offers the beggar a bed to sleep in, what does he do?
He is used to the floor, he says, and declines. Only reluctantly does he allow Eurycleia to wash his feet. As she is putting them in a basin of water, she notices a scar on one of his feet. She immediately recognizes it as the scar that Odysseus received when he went boar hunting with his grandfather Autolycus. She throws her arms around Odysseus, but he silences her while Athena keeps Penelope distracted so that Odysseus's secret will not be carried any further.
What strange thing does Penelope tell Odysseus before she goes to bed?
She tells about a dream where her husband puts her lovers to death (disguised as an eagle). She then says she will remarry, though; he will marry the first man who can shoot an arrow through the holes of twelve axes set in a line.
Who does Odysseus tell Penelope he is?
"Aithon" a warrior from Crete
Why do Odysseus and Penelope not sleep well that night?
He is upset thinking that Telemachus will not be able to fend off the suitors and she is worried about having to choose a new husband.
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