The Odyssey Book 21-24 Joshua (BOOK 24 Restless Spirits (Ithaca (Odysseus…
The Odyssey Book 21-24 Joshua
BOOK 21 An Archery Contest
Penelope took Odysseus' bow from the storeroom and announced that she would hold a contest in which the winner would become her new husband.
Penelope said that who can grasp the bow and string it easily, and shoot though all twelve axes will be the winner.
Telemachus set up the axe and tried to shoot first, but he failed to do so.
The suitors lubricated the bow and heated it with fire to make it soft, but non of them succeed.
Meanwhile, Odysseus follows Eumaeus and Philoetius outside. Odysseus tells them that he believes in their loyalty to him, tells them that he is Odysseus, and he shows the scars on his legs to convince them of his identity.
Odysseus promises to treat them as brothers if they fight alongside him. Odysseus made a plan with the two men Eumaeus will give him the bow while he ask for it, and they will began to attack the suitors.
When Odysseus returned, Eurymachus had just tried to use the bow and had failed, and he was ashamed because it proved that they were nowhere near as good as Odysseus.
Antinous advised them to rest until the next day, and said that they should worship Apollo, the god of bows and arrows. With his help, somebody could win.
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BOOK 22 BLOODSHED
Odysseus shoots Antinous through the throat. The suitors criticized Odysseus for killing Antinous. Odysseus shows himself to be Odysseus. The suitors were so frightened.
Odysseus had Philoetius lock the gate to prevent them from escaping. Eurymachus tries to get Odysseus to give up killing them, explaining that Antinous is the worst of them and that no other suitor should be killed.
But Odysseus declares that he will not forgive any of them. Odysseus shot Eurymachus by another arrow.
Odysseus constantly shoots suitors with his bow and arrow and guards the gate to prevent them from escaping.
Telemachus took weapons and armor from the warehouse after the arrows were used, and armed Odysseus, Eumaeus and Philoetius to fight suitors.
Telemachus forgot to lock the door when he went out. Melanthius quickly went to the storeroom and armed the suitor.
However, on his second visit to the storeroom, Odysseus arranged for Eumaeus and Philoetius to seize him there, bind him and lock him in.
Athena, disguised as Mentor, encourages Odysseus, but instead of joining in immediately, she becomes a bird and watches in the sky and secretly helps Odysseus and them.
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The Olive Tree Bed
Eurycleia went upstairs to call Penelope, who slept through the fight. Penelope did not believe what Eurycleia had said. She thought that Eurycleia was crazy.
Even if she went downstairs to see her husband with her own eyes, she could not believe it. Telemachus accuses Penelope of not being enthusiastic enough about Odysseus. Odysseus stopped Telemachus.
Odysseus was afraid that the suitor's relatives would take their revenge, so he decided that he and his family needed to hide on their farm for a while.
Meanwhile, Phemius sang a cheery song so that people outside the palace will think some suitor has married Penelope and will not know what was going on.
Penelope remained vigilant, fearing that Odysseus was a god in disguise. She orders Eurycleia to move Odysseus' bed, and Odysseus said that bed cannot be move.
Hearing these details, Penelope knew that the man must be her husband. Odysseus gave his wife a brief account of his experience those years. He also told her that he must take a trip to appease Poseidon.
The next day Odysseus and Telemachus went to the farm. He instructed Penelope not to leave her room or receive visitors. Athena cloaks Odysseus and Telemachus so that they will not be seen when they cross the town.
BOOK 24 Restless Spirits
Odysseus came to the farm of Laertes. He sent his servants into his house to be alone with his father in the garden.
Laertes doesn't recognize Odysseus, and Odysseus doesn't immediately reveal himself, but pretends that he's someone who knew and became friends with Odysseus.
But when Laertes thought about Odysseus and began to cry, Odysseus hugged Laertes and kissed him.
Odysseus proved his identity through scars and memories of the fruit trees Laertes had given him. He told Laertes how he had killed the suitors.
Laertes and Odysseus have lunch together. While they were eating, the news about Odysseus’ return and killed the suitors and spread out.
The suitors' parents held a meeting at which they assessed how to respond. The older warrior Halithersrs believed that the suitors deserved their reward, but Eupeuthes, the father of Antinous, encouraged their parents to take revenge on Odysseus.
Medon told them that some god was helping Odysseus.
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Hermes led the souls of the suitors to Hades, and they were all crying.
Agamemnon and Achilles were arguing about whose death was honored. Agamemnon described in detail the funeral of Achilles to prove his death is better.
They saw the suitors come in so they asked how so many young people had died. One of the suitors tells the story of how they were killed by Odysseus.
Agamemnon marveled at Odysseus' bravery and luck and contrasted Penelope's fidelity with his wife's betrayal.