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The Odyssey

The Odyssey

  

by Homer

 Table of Contents

The Odyssey Book 21 Quotes

How we cite the quotes:
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Quote 1

[Antinoös] was to be the first to get a taste of the arrow from the hands of blameless Odysseus, to whom he now paid attention as he sat in Odysseus' halls and encouraged all his companions. (21.98-100)

Notice how we get the construction "was to be." Who decided that Antinoös was going to be the first? Was it the gods? or Fate? Clearly, someone knew ahead of time.

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Quote 2

[Antinoös] was to be the first to get a taste of the arrow from the hands of blameless Odysseus, to whom he now paid attention as he sat in Odysseus' halls and encouraged all his companions. (21.98-100)

Check out this "was to be the first." The passive construction here makes it seem like Antinoös's death is due to some sort of divine justice that neither men nor gods can control. But is that really true? Athene's hand is all over this.

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Quote 3

(Antinoös:) 'Ah, wretched stranger, you have no sense, not even a little. Is it not enough that you dine in peace, among us, who are violent men, and are deprived of no fair portion, but listen to our conversation and what we say? But there is no other vagabond and newcomer who is allowed to hear us talk. The honeyed wine has hurt you, as it has distracted others as well, who gulp it down without drinking in season.' (21.288-294)

Antinoös basically tells the beggar not to get too big for his clout. Hm. Maybe you should take your own advice, dude.

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