The Odyssey - A Creton Lie

Gentle waves lap against the Ithacian shore line as Odysseus has finally reached his native homeland. Rumors of the great turmoil that has rocked Odysseus’ home land and house has reached him abroad. After hearing the news, he decides to don a beggar’s disguise and so forth begins the great test. When the disguised Odysseus in Homer’s great epic poem, The Odyssey, converses with her wife Penelope in Book nineteen, he tests her loyalty to her husband’ s honor and her love of her missing husband.
Odysseus disguised as a beggar is the basis for the lies that are going to be told to Penelope in this passage by him. In my opinion, this is the main lie that is used as ...

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of how Penelope feels towards him before he reveals himself to her.
The beggar assures Penelope that he has really spent some time with her husband in Amnisus because there was a terrible storm and, “Then on the thirteenth day the wind died down and they set sail for Troy (Homer 397, 19.233-234).” There are two statements that reassure Penelope that the beggar does know Odysseus. “So I took Odysseus back to my own house, gave him a hero’s welcome, treated him in style....”(Homer 396, 19.222-223) and “A dozen days they stayed with me there.... (Homer 397, 19.228-229).” By giving Penelope this information about her husband, it gives her hope that he is still alive and on his way home.
Now comes the part where he puts Penelope to the test. By sharing this information with her about her husband he comes to understand her feelings for him. Penelope has not only been loyal to Odysseus as her husband, but also as the authority figure. She has ...

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