Insight Into Odysseus Essay
Book 5 is the first book in The Odyssey where we are introduced to our hero, Odysseus, although we have already formed some opinions of him through the Telemachi.
The opening scene of book 5 brings us to Mount Olympus, where the Gods are holding a meeting when Athene, Zeus’ daughter brings up Odysseus’ plight. We learn that he is kind, generous and law abiding, although Athene states he “might just as well devote his days to tyranny and lawless deeds” as everyone in Ithaca (as well as the Gods) seem to have forgotten all of the good he has done in his absence. He is also described as a “captive” prisoner on Calypso’s island of Ogygia, “left to …show more content…
This is largely down to Calypso, who is a strong-willed, fiery minor Goddess, a force to be reckoned with, a woman scorned by being denied the one thing she truly wants; to be loved in return by Odysseus. She is what all men ultimately want and fear, the caring mother figure and the seductive temptress rolled into one.
In Book 5 when Hermes delivers the message from the Gods that she must let Odysseus go, her fiery side is revealed when she addresses the age-old argument against male hypocrisy: Calypso points out that the male gods are allowed to have mortal lovers while goddesses are not. It seems this double standard continues in cases of mortal infidelity in the Odyssey(and, often, in the modern world). It is alright for