A Study of Tears in the Odyssey Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
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  • Daly, Alexandra Lynn
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Classics
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  • In this thesis, I argue that tears function in the Odyssey as an important index of character. I discuss the weepers in three groups: Penelope and the slaves (Chapter 1), Odysseus' companions (Chapter 2), and Odysseus and Telemachos (Chapter 3). Tears characterize the first two groups relative to Odysseus, demonstrating loyalty to/memory of him and serving as foil for his resolve, respectively. Telemachos' few tears link him with his father, who otherwise weeps like no one else in the epic.
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  • Race, William H.
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  • Master of Arts
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  • 2013
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