Why do you think the story starts the way it does? Why are the first books organized in the way they are? Is there a moment (or a couple) that really crystalized for you that purpose? What specifically in the text made you think this?
(Note: The "Odyssey Timeline" in the Homer Help section may help you understand the differences between the narrative order and the chronological order.)
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The first four Books of the Odyssey represent an unconventional way to begin a story about a character which does not even make an appearance in them. While not introducing the psychological contemplations of Odyssey, it does provide readers with an insightful background before they delve into the main character’s endeavors. Homer chooses to do this as to build...
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