A Narratological Commentary on the Odyssey by Irene J. F. de Jong

A Narratological Commentary on the Odyssey by Irene J. F. de Jong

By Irene J. F. de Jong

Complete commentaries at the Homeric texts abound, yet this statement concentrates on one significant point of the Odyssey--its narrative paintings. The position of narrator and narratees, equipment of characterization and surroundings description, and the advance of the plot are mentioned. The examine goals to augment our figuring out of this masterpiece of eu literature. All Greek references are translated and technical phrases are defined in a thesaurus. it truly is directed at scholars and students of Greek literature and comparative literature.

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It is only fitting that they will ultimately be killed during a meal. This event is prepared for in the ‘disturbed meal’ motif: conscious or unconscious anticipations of or stories about people being killed during a meal;44 cf. 295–304, and 428–30nn. Cf. ). Against this background, the detail that the Suitors were seated on the hides of oxen ‘which they themselves slaughtered’ (108) becomes a negatively charged piece of information. 106 égÆnvr, ‘manly’, ‘arrogant’, belongs to the character-language †: thirty-one times in direct speech, four times in embedded focalization 42 Rothe (1914: 256–7), Arend (1933: 28), Thornton (1970: 6), de Jong (1987a: 107–10), and 43 44 Richardson (1990: 51–7).

570–81). 250b–251). 126–7a). 343). 33–5, 73–7). 341–2 that he is urging her to remarry he is lying, in order not to reveal the revenge scheme. 583–7), because he knows this will never happen. 149–51). Athena steers a relaxed ad hoc course, since she knows that she herself will prevent a remarriage. 16–23). 212–13, 245–9). 333–7). They feel cheated by Penelope, who promises to remarry but postpones an actual remarriage, and therefore consider themselves justified in courting her in an abnormal manner, viz.

130–5n. 591–2. 158–77 Telemachus’ spontaneous outburst over Odysseus and the Suitors is an instance of the dramatic irony † of ‘bringing up a subject which is dear to the unrecognized guest’, which regularly occurs in delayed recognitions; cf. 96–324n. 158–68 The swing of Telemachus’ emotions between resignation and hope within the space of a few lines (the Suitors are eating the livestock of a man who is dead – if only he would come home, then he would rout them – but he is dead) is typical for the state of mind of Odysseus’ philoi; cf.

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