If you don't have a copy of the Odyssey in book-form, you can find one online right here, and a list of characters can be found here.
Here's how it'll work:
1. Every week a new question for discussion will be posted, relating to each book of the Odyssey, starting with Book One. This will be once a week or so. I will always leave a public note in my journal whenever a new question is posted, but feel free to add me as a friend and I will most definitely add you back!
2. When you see that a new question has been posted, and you would like to participate, think about your answer and then leave a comment on the entry with it. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not make a new post in the community so we can keep this organized. Just simply make a comment on the entry with this week's question, that is all I ask of you. 3. Otherwise, do whatever! One we've all posted answers, we can talk about them.
NOTE: If it's been more than a week and we're still talking about a question, good! We'll keep talking and discussing until we feel that we're done.
If you have an idea for a question relating to the next book, or anything at all having to do with the Odyssey or anything about this little activity, please post a little message in this community and I will tell you when we can use your idea, and don't worry, we will! I will also answer any questions you have, just comment or make a short post and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
ALSO NOTE: You don't have to wait until discussion is over to post other things in this community. Remember, you can post anything you want, whenever you want!
Whew. Got all that? Well, congratulations for reading this far. Ready to start?
SUMMARY OF BOOK ONE
The gods in council agree that the time has come for Odysseus to be brought home to avenge himself on Penelope's suitors and to recover his kingdom. Hermes is sent to Calypso's isle to bid her release the captive Odysseus. Athene, disguised as Mentes, appears to Telemachus, advising him to call an assembly of the men of Ichaca, to complain of the behavior of the suitors; then to go himself in quest of his father to Pylos and Sparta.
THEME: Penelope's suitors
Why do you think the suitors behaved so poorly and were so rude? Do you think it was because Odysseus wasn't around to tell them to get out of his house? Do you think they would have acted differently had Odysseus returned sooner? And lastly, do you think Penelope should have booted the suitors out herself instead of letting them hang around and make a mess of things? Any other opinions or things you want to say regarding the suitors?
Post any answers below and have fun! And remember, you don't have to answer any of the questions you don't want to. This isn't supposed to be boring, but drop a note if it feels like it's getting that way and I'll try and spice things up. :-P Thank you for being so understanding and enjoy!