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The Importance of Athena in "The Odyssey"

In The Odyssey I would have to say Odysseus is the main character, but without Athena's help he would have never gotten the opportunity to get home to his family because he loves them so much. She has worked so hard to reunite Odysseus with his wife Penelope and son Telemakhos. Athena disguises herself many times in the book. I always asked myself why, and it dawned on me that people listen better when she was someone that Odysseus and Telemakhos trusted and respected. Athena has a lot of love for Odysseus and even though he has upset Poseidon she knows he is a brave man with a lot of honor.

The first time that Athena appears in The Odyssey was in Book I when Zeus calls a divine council. Athena is there and interrupts her father. She asks Zeus about Odysseus and if he will allow him to return to. Zeus replied by saying, "could I forget that kingly man, Odysseus? There is no mortal half so wise; no mortal gave so much to the lords of open sky.aE...

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