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.