the Odyssey books 5-6

How long does Odysseus stay on Calypso’s island? 7 years
What is the source of Calypso’s power over Odysseus? Immortality, force, and being stranded on a foreign island
What do we learn of Calypso’s feelings for Odysseus? She loves Odysseus and is strong and willing to live with him forever
What will Calypso give Odysseus if he stays with her? Immortality
Calypso asks Odysseus to compare her with Penelope; does Odysseus respond satisfactorily? Yes, he says Penelope can never be as beautiful as her and is mortal, while she is immortal and will never age
How would you characterize the making of the raft, and the departure of Odysseus? Easy to construct because of his knowledge but tiring. The departure was eager because he wanted to go home
For how many days does Odysseus swim? 2 days and 2 nights
Why does Zeus, despite his liking of Odysseus, allow Poseidon to make this journey such an ordeal? Already Odysseus fate to be tortured by Poseidon because he killed Poseidon’s son, Polyphemus
Ino-Leucothea, in the guise of a seabird, gives him her veil. Why veil? The veil is immortal and will make Odysseus fear nothing
Why does Odysseus return Ino’s veil to the sea? Why does Odysseus return Ino’s veil to the sea? She told him to.The veil was only useful when he was in danger
After two days of swimming, note several phases of decision-making. Does Odysseus accomplish his rescue on his own? After two days of swimming, note several phases of decision-making. Does Odysseus accomplish his rescue on his own? He decides between death and life. No, he gets help from Athena, Zeus, and Ino. He makes his own decisions just needs help carrying them out
Why does Nausicaa go to the river to wash clothes? Athena told her when she was sleeping
What is the explanation she offers her father? That he should have clean clothes so that he is presentable to the princes and the brothers should so that they could meet women.
What does Odysseus choose not to do when he sees Nausicaa? Not to embrace her knees
What does he choose to do instead? Approach from a distance
What do you think Odysseus’ speech to Nausicaa tells us about him? Tells us how long it’s been since he’s seen a mortal women. And how good he’s at thinking on the spot
Why does Nausicaa not want to escort Odysseus to the palace? She’s afraid of gossip if she personally escorts odysseus

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