But what about Telemachus? Does Foster's quest ideas pertain to him? And what about communion? Or the failed version of communion? Does Homer create such scenes for us in the early chapters of The Odyssey? Why? What is symbolic about meals or those that don't work out so well? What else does Foster say in his Introduction and Chapters 1-10 that strikes a bell with you as you read for our class and for your own pleasure?
I hope to hear from some of you about your impressions of the opening chapters of The Odyssey and what you feel is important in these scenes and the elements of the plot--the sequence of events that Homer has deliberately created. Why in this order? Why not start with Odysseus? Isn't this epic about him? After a few references to him made by Athena up on Mount Olympus, the focus switches to Telemachus. Why? What kind of person is this Telemachus? Does he sound like the son of a great hero? Does he sound more like a whining child? Does he seem the type that could follow in his father's footsteps? Would you like to live up to such a famous father? Not easy, I think!
So let's hear it from the class of 2016! (Yes, I am recording your participation for the upcoming quarter. Two or three good questions, comments and/or reactions to other students' questions and comments--proofread before your click to publish, please!--will earn you an A+ on summer participation, which extends into September. Fall officially begins in the third week of September, but that's a long way off!) Enjoy your reading, both for our class and for pleasure! I am looking forward to getting to know you all through this blog and what you are reading.