The Odyssey: Book 1 and Book 2
By: Alissa Coyle
The Beginning of Book 1
Book 1 cont.
Zeus agrees with Athena and Hermes is sent to Ogygia to command Calypso to free Odysseus.
Book 1 cont.
Athena dresses up disguised as a mentor waiting to talk to Telemachus. He noticed her and sat "him" down on a throne with a footrest and brought his chair near hers.
Beginning of Book Two
"Hear me, men of Ithaca. Hear what I have to say. Not once have we held assembly, met in session since King Odysseus sailed in the hollow ships. Who has summoned us now—one of the young men, one of the old-timers? What crisis spurs him on? Some news he’s heard of an army on the march, word he’s caught firsthand so he can warn us now?" (Fagles; pg. 19)
"It’s not the suitors here who deserve the blame, it’s your own dear mother, the matchless queen of cunning. Look here. For three years now, getting on to four, she’s played it fast and loose with all our hearts, building each man’s hopes—dangling promises, dropping hints to each—but all the while with something else in mind..." (Fagles; pg. 21)
"...she set up a great loom in the royal halls and she began to weave, and the weaving finespun, the yarns endless, and she would lead us on: ‘Young men, my suitors, now that King Odysseus is no more, go slowly, keen as you are to marry me, until I can finish off this web…" (Fagles; pg. 21)
"Her very words, and despite our pride and passion we believed her. So by day she’d weave at her great and growing web—by night, by the light of torches set beside her, she would unravel all she’d done..." "...Then, when the wheeling seasons brought the fourth year on, one of her women, in on the queen’s secret, told the truth and we caught her in the act—unweaving her gorgeous web." (Fagles; pg. 21)
Mentor told them that most people that Odysseus ruled don't even remember him now because he has been gone so long.
After the meeting was over, Telemachus went down to the beach and prayed to Pallas. Athena came to his prayer and reassured and encouraged him and told him that he should go on the voyage to go and try to find his father.
Later on, him and Athena and some other people, set voyage and went to go and try to find Odysseus.