Odyssey Theme: Disguise Essay

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In the dictionary disguise is defined as “to change an appearance by concealing identity”. To the people minds illusions cover up mistakes and hide away the unimportant features. The Odyssey, by Homer, describes disguised by many different acts upon Odysseus, Penelope, and Telemachus. The characters of the Odyssey disguised their self to get away from the problems of life, and to solve problems faced in their way. Although, disguise covered people on the outside, they do not cover up people on the inside. They fight their way to get back to once they were. Odysseus covers himself as a beggar to go through all the suitors without being killed. Penelope hid her real self to the suitors, so she did not have to marry another man. Telemachus disguised his feeling so they would not overcome him.
Odysseus, the most witted man, on a trip of 20 years shown many of instanced of disguise. Odysseus was one of the best honorable men during the Trojan War; he helped by leading his men into Troy. But when the war ended, he forgot to praise the gods for help after the war, so the god Poseidon sent a storm onward his journey. When Odysseus put on disguises he was completely under the new reality he made for himself. When Odysseus returned to home, Ithaca, he was determined to not reveal himself. So Athena disguised himself as an old beggar, and fought him to not go to his long waited wife. He finally saw the son that he has been without for 20 years, and shown and proved himself to his, now older son, Telemachus. Fighting him to not say anything to him Odysseus got up and told him in a god like manner, and said “I am your father.” The first thing he could think of saying to his son where he been or that he missed him, but instead he tells him he is his father. The only problem with his disguise is that some people known Odysseus too well, like his old nurse, that knew of a scar on his foot from a wild boar. He then had to make a promise with her not to tell, but the old nurse is so happy that she keeps that promise with him. The only problem with his disguises that he lived so long in them, that he became them, which it is hard to rip off his make and reveal who he is to everybody even the closest people to him.
While Odysseus is one of the major characters that are able to confuse himself between whom he really is and who he pretend to be. But his son Telemachus does not confuse himself with his pretend...

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