Table of Contents
- 1 What sign does Zeus send after Odysseus strings the bow?
- 2 What sign do the gods send to Odysseus?
- 3 What happens when Odysseus strings his bow?
- 4 Why did Odysseus string the bow?
- 5 What is Odysseus asking for a sign for?
- 6 What is the first significant thing that Odysseus does after successfully stringing the bow in the contest vs the suitors?
- 7 How did Penelope get Odysseus’s bow in the Odyssey?
- 8 Why did Eurymachus not string the bow to Odysseus?
- 9 What did Telemachus do in Odysseus and the bow?
What sign does Zeus send after Odysseus strings the bow?
Odysseus asks that Athena will show him the way. What sign does Zeus send? Zeus sends a thunderclap as an acknowledgement to Odysseus.
What sign do the gods send to Odysseus?
In Book 21 after the Odysseus disguised as the old beggar has successfully strung the mighty bow, “Zeus cracked the sky with a bolt, his blazing sign,” and Odysseus lets fly an arrow that shoots straight through all twelve axe-heads, thus completing the test of the bow.
What happens when Odysseus strings his bow?
The dramatic scene in which Odysseus effortlessly strings the bow is justly famous. The bow gives double meaning to the revelation scene, for the beggar’s success not only implies his true identity as Odysseus but reveals his inherent superiority to the suitors.
What does Odysseus do after winning the contest of the bow?
When Odysseus does string the bow, he wins the contest. This is when he reveals himself to the suitors who realize they are about to die at the hand of the hero Odysseus. Odysseus is alive and well, and he takes back his kingdom.
How did Odysseus string the bow?
Odysseus strings the bow as gracefully as a bard tuning his lyre; Zeus sends down a bolt of lightning. Then the king shoots the arrow cleanly through the row of axes.
Why did Odysseus string the bow?
Odysseus then goes outside and reveals his identity to Eumaeus and Philoetius, who promise him their loyalty. Odysseus tells them their part in his plan to slaughter the suitors and goes back to the contest. He strings the bow and shoots his first arrow through the 12 axes and signals Telemachus to begin the slaughter.
What is Odysseus asking for a sign for?
He imagines (20.105) that she recognizes him and that they are together at last. Odysseus prays to Zeus for a sign of support and is answered by a thunderclap. This day is a special holiday on Ithaca, a festal celebration in honor of Apollo, god of archery.
What is the first significant thing that Odysseus does after successfully stringing the bow in the contest vs the suitors?
How do the gods intervene to make it so that Odysseus is able to get to the palace of Phaeacia?
On his way to the palace of Alcinous, the king of the Phaeacians, Odysseus is stopped by a young girl who is Athena in disguise. She offers to guide him to the king’s house and shrouds him in a protective mist that keeps the Phaeacians, a kind but somewhat xenophobic people, from harassing him.
Where does Odysseus get his great backsprung bow?
Summary and Analysis Book 21 – Odysseus Strings His Bow. Penelope announces the contest and retrieves Odysseus’ great backsprung bow from a secret storeroom deep in the palace. For sport, Telemachus attempts to string the bow and fails three times.
How did Penelope get Odysseus’s bow in the Odyssey?
Penelope gets Odysseus’s bow out of the storeroom and announces that she will marry the suitor who can string it and then shoot an arrow through a line of twelve axes. Telemachus sets up the axes and then tries his own hand at the bow, but fails in his attempt to string it.
Why did Eurymachus not string the bow to Odysseus?
When Odysseus returns, Eurymachus has the bow. He feels disgraced that he cannot string it, because he knows that this failure proves his inferiority to Odysseus. Antinous suggests that they adjourn until the next day, when they can sacrifice to Apollo, the archer god, before trying again.
What did Telemachus do in Odysseus and the bow?
Telemachus sets up the axes and then tries his own hand at the bow, but fails in his attempt to string it. The suitors warm and grease the bow to make it supple, but one by one they all try and fail.Meanwhile, Odysseus follows Eumaeus and Philoetius outside.