Memory vs Forgetting in the Odyssey
Penelope tells the singer Phemios that she does not want to hear the song that she is singing. The song brings pain to Penelope’s heart and reminds her of her “unforgotten sorrow” (Homer, Odyssey I.342). Whenever Penelope is reminded of Odysseus she become very sad and starts to weep for the love she has …show more content…
"...'What ails you now? It is time to think about our own country,
if truly it is ordained that you shall survive and come back
to your strong-founded house and to the land of your fathers.'
So they spoke to me, and the proud heart in me was persuaded." X.472-475.p164
Even though Odysseus and his men are able to live well with the sorceress, they are determined to return home. On Circe's island they are able to eat unlimited meat and drink unlimited sweet wine all day and night, without a care in the world. Despite being able to live a nice life with Circe, they have to remember about their homes and the journey they will have to continue. Once they remember about their homes, the men's spirits are fired up ready to set sail.
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