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Battle of the Suitors Essay

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  • on January 27, 2013
  • Category: History
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Battle of the Suitors

The battle between Odysseus and his wife’s (Penelope) suitors began when Odysseus gave his son, Telemachus, the signal. The two then drew swords and spears. Odysseus who is disguised as an old beggar sheds his rags and takes position at the entrance of the hall. The first suitor to be killed is Antinous, one of the leading suitors. He receives a spear to the neck. The other suitors, who are all (108) in the hall rush around the dead body of Antinous in shock. They start to threaten Odysseus and begin to search for weapons. The suitors still are unaware of the fact that they are all doomed to die. Odysseus then reveals himself. One of the other leading suitors, Eurymachos, begs for mercy but Odysseus tells the suitors to fight or to try escape. Odysseus had previously ordered two of his faithful servants, Eumaius and Philoetius to close/block all exits.
Eurymachos is the next to die. As he leads a charge against Odysseus he is fatally hit with a spear to the heart. Now Telemachus goes down to the storeroom to retrieve an arsenal of weapons and shields for himself, his father and the two faithful servants. Then Telemachus’s inexperience is shown when he leaves the door to the storeroom open allowing the suitor Melanthius to acquire weaponry. But Telemachus also shows maturity when he owns up to his fault whereas previously he would have shifted the blame on someone else. Odysseus orders his servants to follow Melanthius to the store room and to tie him up. Odysseus by now fears that the tides are changing and that the suitors might gain an advantage. This is strange as throughout the whole book you never see him afraid.
Pallas Athene soon appears to Odysseus in the form of a mentor. She gives out to Odysseus for his lack of courage. She aides Odysseus in the battle but does not use all her powers so to guarantee the outcome of the battle. Pallas is even threatened by the suitors so she then takes...

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