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Classical Literature and Philology | Classics
Odyssey, force, resistance, introduction, nostos, homecoming
This thesis explores the ways in which Odysseus’ self-introductions to other characters in the Odyssey reveal the complexities of his character with regard to homecoming and his apparent resistance to it. In examining these introductions, the thesis argues that Odysseus that the language Odysseus uses when he introduces himself is often filled with allusions to force and resistance, indicating that he is perhaps more ambivalent about completing his journey home than would be expected of him. The manifestations of this ambivalence in his behavior upon arriving at Ithaka is also explored in the final chapters.
Ryan, Haley, "Introducing Odysseus: Force, Resistance and Nostos in the Formation of Odysseus’ Character" (2021). CUNY Academic Works.