Thesis to Outline

Here are the four theses statements for which you are supposed to create outlines.  Keep in mind that your outline should be for a 4-5 page double-spaced essay, i.e. one that comprises about 1,500 words.  Pay attention to all the things we discussed in class, especially our discussion of “dynamic” papers (those in which one idea leads naturally to the next) versus “static” ones (the three body-paragraph model).  Don’t forget to list the quotations you are going to use!  And feel free to modify the theses to suit your needs, as long as the original idea stays intact.  You will need to post your outlines by midnight on Monday.  I will provide instructions on how to do this over the weekend.

1) The relationship between the immortal and mortal characters in Homer’s Odyssey provides insight into the lives and beliefs of the Mycenaean civilization and exposes the reader to a theological ideology and intimacy uncommon in today’s culture.

6) Although named for Odysseus, The Odyssey opens by focusing on his son, Telemakhos, revealing the emotional effects of his father’s absenteeism, effects common to both Ancient Greek and current society.

9) The repeated use of epithets in Homer’s Odyssey serves to both highlight important character traits and provide continuity throughout the poem, bringing together many distinct storylines into one coherent whole.

10) Odysseus and Menelaos’ private sorrows in Homer’s Odyssey suggest that luxury alone cannot comfort grieving hearts.


2 responses to “Thesis to Outline

  1. Claire, Kristi, Michael, Felicia
    Thesis: The repeated use of epithets in Homer’s “Odyssey” serve to both highlight important character traits and ground mythological creatures in the mortal world.

    1. The epithets of the main characters, Telemakhos and Odysseus, introduce personalities that will appear throughout the epic.
    a. “clear-headed Telemakhos” (II, 137)
    i. Telemakhos visits Menelaos and rejects his invitation (IV, 635)
    b. “the stategist Odysseus” (V, 223)
    i. Odysseus flatters Kalypso (V, 224)
    c. “that kingly man, Odysseus” (VI, 231)
    d. Odysseus does not have a single epithet, but rather many. Both father and son share similar logical personality traits as indicated through their epithets.

    2. Goddesses like Athena and Dawn, have epithets containing physical descriptions connecting them to reality.
    a. “grey-eyed goddess Athena” (I, 64)
    b. “Dawn spread on he eastern sky her fingers of pink light” (II, 1)
    c. These descriptions conjure up images for the listeners to remember them.

    3. The use of epithets for both mortal and immortal characters make the characters seem similar and relatable.
    a. Example – Relate Athena and Odysseus as both scheming and cunning.

  2. Vivien, EJ, Quinn, Connor

    Although named for Odysseus, The Odyssey opens by focusing on his son, Telemakhos, revealing the emotional effects of his father’s absenteeism, effects common to both Ancient Greek and current society.

    BODY 1
    Similar to many children in today’s society who don’t know who their true father is, Telemakhos wonders about the man he could have called “father.”
    a. “My mother says I am his son; I know not surely. Who has known his own engendering? I wish at least I had some happy man as father, growing old in his own house – but unknown death and silence are the fate of him that, since you ask, they call my father” (BOOK I 258-264).
    b. Children today with single/separated families.

    BODY 2
    Telemakhos is beginning to feel the effects of the lack of a strong paternal figure in his life.
    a. “They would have made a tomb for him, the Akhaians, and I should have all honor as his son. Instead, the whirlwinds got him, and no glory. He’s gone, no sign, no word of him; and I inherit trouble and tears – and not for him alone, the gods have laid such other burdens on me” (BOOK I 284-289).
    b. “My distinguished father is lost, who ruled among you once, mild as a father, and there is now a greater evil still; my home and all I have are being ruined” (BOOK II 49-52).
    c. Children grow up hearing about absent mother/father, but never know them and feel effects later.

    BODY 3
    After years without a father, Telemakhos acquires courage from an outside source to seek out Odysseus and gain the connection they lost when he set sail for Troy.
    a. “With this, Athena left him as a bird rustles upward, up and gone. But as she went, she put new spirit in him, a new dream of his father, clearer now, so that he marveled to himself, divining that a god had been his guest” (BOOK I 368-374).
    b. Children want to know the truth about themselves, and family.

    Telemakhos and father’s absenteeism
    Past/present/future is common to absenteeism in today’s society

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