What do you think about the structure of the Odyssey? What is the effect of Homer starting in mediares


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Hello there! Here is a powerpoint expanding on the structure of the Odyssey.. click here. Use it to help you form your opinion on how the book is written.

The term "in medias res" refers to starting a story from the midpoint instead of the beginning. Think about what this means for Homer. Why would he start in the middle instead of the beginning? What happened before the story started and where is Odysseus going? What expectation does he have for his future? What traumas does he have from his past? What affect those this have on the reader? Does it make us more interested to continue to read in order to gain a better understand of Odyseeus' journey? Try thinking along those lines.

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