The Diseased Household in the Odyssey
G. Badger - N. Grabavoy - E. Hirsch - N. LouzonOne of the major thrusts of the Odyssey is, of course, the decay of the household in Odysseus' absence. This is typified by the total breakdown of normal household structure. There's no present authority figure; the sanctity of marriage is threatened; and social taboos against courting a married woman or running through someone else's household goods are defied with impunity.
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(Odysseus, the eternal sufferer. Image source: Classical image collections at the University of New Zealand)
1.) Abuse of xenia
2.) Bad service
3.) Absence of authority
4.) Sanctity of marriage
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