Ch 2: The Odyssey: Literary Devices & Analysis

About This Chapter

The Odyssey Literary Devices & Analysis chapter of The Odyssey Study Guide course is the most efficient way to study the analysis of this literary piece and the literary devices it uses. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the essential concepts of the literary devices used and an analysis of The Odyssey.

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Anyone who needs help learning or mastering the usage of literary devices and an analysis of The Odyssey will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to understand the analysis of and use of literary devices in this story. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
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  • Students who have fallen behind in memorizing the literary devices and analysis of The Odyssey
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  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

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  • Watch each video in the chapter to review all key topics.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with The Odyssey: Literary Devices & Analysis chapter exam.

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Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the literary devices and analysis of The Odyssey for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:

  • Various themes throughout The Odyssey
  • Geographical analysis of possible locations from The Odyssey
  • Examination of the significance of various locations represented in the piece, including Pylos, Land of the Lotus Eaters, Aeaea, Hade's Underworld, Strait of Messina, Thrinacia, Ogygia and Ithaca
  • Analysis of some of the people Odysseus encounters, including the Phaeacians and Laestrygonians

14 Lessons in Chapter 2: The Odyssey: Literary Devices & Analysis
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Themes of The Odyssey

1. Themes of The Odyssey

'The Odyssey' tells the story of Odysseus as he tries to get home after the Trojan War has ended. In this lesson, learn about the themes of this famous Greek work.

Geography of The Odyssey

2. Geography of The Odyssey

Homer's epic story about Odysseus and his many travels is well-known as 'The Odyssey,' and it has inspired many other written works and pieces of art. The world that it is set in plays an integral part of the story itself. This lesson will give you the background of one of the most famous travel stories in history.

Pylos in The Odyssey

3. Pylos in The Odyssey

This lesson discusses the significance of Pylos in Homer's epic poem ''The Odyssey.'' Surprisingly, the first several books actually focus on Telemachus, the son of Odysseus, rather than the title character. Pylos is the first stop on his journey toward manhood.

Land of the Lotus Eaters in The Odyssey

4. Land of the Lotus Eaters in The Odyssey

The Odyssey is an epic poem featuring the ideals of Greek culture. The hero, Odysseus, faces many obstacles along his 20-year journey. In this lesson we'll go with Odysseus on his journey to the Land of the Lotus Eaters.

Laestrygonians in The Odyssey

5. Laestrygonians in The Odyssey

Homer's 'The Odyssey' presents several fascinating mythological creatures and people. In this lesson, learn about the Laestrygonians and the role they play in this classic work, then test yourself with a short quiz.

What is Aeaea in The Odyssey?

6. What is Aeaea in The Odyssey?

Aeaea--no, it's not a comic book scream--is the home of Circe in Homer's epic poem, ''The Odyssey.'' Learn what happens to Odysseus and his crew when they encounter this beautiful sorceress who likes her men with a little oink.

Hades' Underworld in The Odyssey

7. Hades' Underworld in The Odyssey

Not many people enjoy thinking about death, but the symbolism stemming from Greek mythology can teach us a lot about ourselves and the way we live. In this lesson we will learn about the Greek Underworld and explore Odysseus' time there in the epic poem 'The Odyssey.'

Between Scylla & Charybdis in The Odyssey

8. Between Scylla & Charybdis in The Odyssey

In this lesson, we will travel with Odysseus and his remaining men through the Strait of Messina and relive the terrifying events that unfold with mythical creatures on either side.

Thrinacia in The Odyssey

9. Thrinacia in The Odyssey

Are you someone who listens to advice when it's offered? In this lesson we will travel to Thrinacia, relive Odysseus' adventures there and learn the importance of following sage advice.

Ogygia: An Island in The Odyssey

10. Ogygia: An Island in The Odyssey

Sometimes we need space to determine what means the most to us. In this lesson, we will analyze the significance of Calypso's island Ogygia and learn how Odysseus' time there shaped his future.

Phaeacians in The Odyssey

11. Phaeacians in The Odyssey

'The Odyssey' tells the tale of the hero Odysseus and his long, long journey home from war. Odysseus encounters a multitude of obstacles and interesting people along his path. In this lesson, we'll learn about one of those groups, the Phaeacians.

Ithaca in The Odyssey

12. Ithaca in The Odyssey

In ''The Odyssey,'' Odysseus overcomes great hardships so that he may be reunited with his family and his homeland. This lesson will describe the value of home and the significance of Ithaca in ''The Odyssey.''

Alliteration in the Odyssey

13. Alliteration in the Odyssey

The ''Odyssey'' is a book with many editions, including the original Homeric Greek and many translations into English. Learn about the use of alliteration, the repetition of initial sounds in words that are close together, in these various editions.

Personification in The Odyssey

14. Personification in The Odyssey

In the Odyssey, the famous Greek epic by Homer, often saw the poet employ a technique called personification. It is the act of treating non-human objects as if they were human. We'll look at some personification of dawn, death, fate, and sleep in the epic.

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