The Odyssey Discussion Blog
1. For your first discussion board post, you will need to respond to one (or more) of the following questions:
-How does Homer portray the relationship between gods and men in the Odyssey? What roles do the gods play in human life?
-What kinds of roles do women play in the Odyssey? Which females hold the most power and why?
-How does the Odyssey define love? Why are Odysseus’s affairs with Circe and Calypso not considered true love?
-Discuss the effect of Homer starting in media res (in the middle of things).
-Is it possible for a modern reader to accept Odysseus’s killing of the suitors? If not, how does this change in values affect our enjoyment of Homer’s poem?
-What is the role of family in the Odyssey? What values characterize the relationship between fathers and sons? You may wish to compare and contrast some of the father and son pairs in the epic (Odysseus and Telemachus, Laertes and Odysseus, Poseidon and Polyphemus, Nestor and Pisistratus, Eupithes and Antinous). How does Homer portray the idea of continuity between generations?
2. Write your discussion post. To submit your post, please share it with Mrs. Rohlfs using googledocs (firstname.lastname@example.org) and add to the weebly blog by clicking on "Comment." Include your full name when you submit your post.
3. Reply to the posts of two classmates. NOTE:When responding to the posts of your classmates, place a title at the top of your response that includes the “@” symbol followed by the author’s name. This will allow classmates to understand whose post you’re referring to in your reply.