5.08

In the last book of the Odyssey by Homer the scene changes abruptly.  Hermes leads the souls  of the suitors, crying like bats, into Hades.  Agamemnon and Achilles argue over who had the better death.  Agamemnon describes Achilles’ funeral in detail.  They see the suitors coming in and ask how so many noble young men met their end.  The suitor Amphimedon, whom Agamemnon knew in life , gives a brief account of their ruin , pinning most of the blame on Penelope and her indecision.  Agamemnon contrasts the constancy of Penelope with the treachery of Clytemnestra.  Back in Ithaca, Odysseus travels to Laertes’ farm.  He sends his servants into the house so that he can be alone with his father in the gardens. Odysseus finds that Laeters has aged prematurely out of grief for his son and wife.  He does not recognize Odysseus, and Odysseus did not immediately reveal himself, he pretended that he was someone who once knew and befriended Odysseus, Odysseus then throws his arms around Laertes and kisses him.  He proves his identity with the scar and with his memories of the fruit trees that  Laertes gave him when he was a little boy.  He tells Laertes how he has avenged himself upon the suitors.  Laertes and Odysseus have lunch together.  Dolius, the father of  Melanthius and Melantho, joins them. While they eat, the goddess Rumor flies through the city spreading the news of the massacre at the palace.  The parents of the suitors hols an assembly at which they assess how to respond.

In my opinion  the book really end on a cliffhanger.  The parents get together but what are they going to do to get pay back?  Will Odysseus and his father gain a normal relationship?  Last but not least why did Dolius join Odysseuy and Laertes and where did he come from.  Overall there should have been a better ending.  The authors purpose for writing The Odyssey is to entertain.  The author organized the story y using chronological order.

4.08

I am currently reading the Odyssey by Homer.  In book 21 Penelope gets Odysseus’s bow out of the storeroom and announces the she will marry the suitor who can string it and then shoot an arrow through a line of twelve axes.  Telemachus sets up the axes and then tries his own hand at the bow,but fails in his attempt to string it.  The suitors warm and grease the bow to make it supple, but one by one they all try and fail.  Meanwhile, Odysseus follows Eumaeus and Philoetius outside.  He assures himself of their loyalty and then reveals his identity to them by means of the scar on his foot.  He promises to treat them as Telemachus’s brother if they fight by his side against the suitors.  When Odysseus returns, Eurymachus has the bow.He feels disgraced that he can not string it, because he knows that his failure proves his inferiority to Odysseus. Antinous suggests that they adjourn until the next day, when they can sacrifice to Apollo,the archer god,before trying again.  Odysseus,still disguised, then asks for the bow.  All of the suitors complain, fearing that he will succeed.  Antinous ridicules Odysseus, saying that the wine has gone to  his head and that he will bring disaster upon himself, just like the legendary drunken centaur Eurytion.  Telemachus takes control and orders  Eumaeus to give  Odysseus the bow.  Needless to say,Odysseus easily strings it and sends the first arrow he grabs whistling through all twelve axes.  The authors purpose for writing the Odyssey is to entertain.

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3.07

The latest book I’ve read was “The Odyssey” by Homer.  In book 4 or chapter 4 the king and queen,Menelaus and Helen are celebrating the marriage of their daughter.  Telemachus and Pisistratus arrive and they recognize that Telemachus is the son of Odysseus.  As they feast the king and queen recall with sadness the many examples of Odysseus’s cunning at Troy.  Menelaus(the king) tells how the Trojan horse was Odysseus’s idea.  It helped the Greeks to sneak in and slaughter the Trojan.  Menelaus tells his own story about coming back from Troy.  He was stuck in Egypt and forced to capture Proteus the old man of the sea.  Proteus told him that Odysseus is alive.  However he was imprisoned by Calypso on her island.  Telemachus and Pisistratus return to Pylos to set sail to Ithaca.  While this is going on the suitors are at Odysseus’s house and they’ve just learned about Telemachus going to sea and plan to attack him upon his return.  Medon the herald overhears their plans and reports them to Penelope(Odysseus wife & Telemachus mother).  She becomes overwhelmed with sadness.  She thinks about how she may lose her son in addition to her husband .  Athena sends a phantom that takes the form of Penelope’s sister,Iphthime to cheer her up.  Iphthime tells Penelope not to worry the goddess will protect Telemachus.  My personal reaction to the is stunned on how much work and drama is going on just to save Odysseus.Homers purpose for writing the Odyssey was to entertain.He organized the book by chronological order telling what happened first.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.03

      My name is Brianna Miranda Francois I was born in Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. I got my Middle name from my grandmother(that’s her first name).I was born on November 29,2001 as a premature baby .I wasn’t suppose to come until January of 2002.I have three siblings two half brother and  a half sister and they’re all older than me. I  feel that this class is non-beneficial to someone who is going to be a nurse or going the army.

        The last things I enjoyed reading was a text message from my older and only sister. It made me happy because we don’t talk very often .She lives in South Carolina with her mother so it not a lot communication.Also the  last time we seen you an another was about 6 years ago at her graduation.Usually we would text after school but on the first day of school she sent me a heart warming text.

      My favorite genre of books to read are drama.It is my favorite because you don’t know how things will play out or how it ends.The last drama book I read was by Sharon Draper and it was titled “Tears of a Tiger”. It is the first book of her Hazelwood High school series. It is about a boy named Andy who was drinking and driving .He crashed and it injured some of is friends. But it killed his best friend who was in the passenger seat. The rest of the book was him battling the fact that he killed his friend because he drinking and driving.