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I think that the slaughter in the hall was bit much. As soon as Telemachus and his father Odysseus got together you knew that it would be trouble because they immediately started to plan for revenge against the suitors. I do believe that the suitors deserved revenge, but I also think that the way Telemachus and Odysseus thrust it upon them was overboard. The slaughtering in the halls scene was just murder after murder, they didn't even consider who they were killing. It also seemed that Odysseus was just in killing mode and he could not turn it off. Any man that got in distance of his weapons would be killed. All in all, I thought that revenge was needed, but not to this extent (Kelly Schimmel)

Finally! We have finished the book and there are many things to say. I feel that the ending of the book was very appropriate since there had been so much chaos and action through the whole novel that I liked to novel ending on a peaceful note. Looking back to the simile we studied today in class (pg.463.) I really liked the way we viewed Penelope in the simile. It gave me a totally different perspective of the book. And I am not going to lie, in a way I do see Penelope as a hero in this book because she had such a rough time back home, and she remained faithful to her husband. (Paloma Elosua)

After Odysseus struggles throughout the entire book, he finally reaches Ithaca. In a way, I expected him test every single person, just because he is the man of twists and turns. Then again, I wanted him to just let go for once, and tell everyone that was loyal to him, he was home. Another thing that surprised me, is that Odysseus didn't spare killing the suitor that didn't want to murder Telemachus. In some ways I think that the suitors deserved it, but in another, I sort of felt sorry for the cruelness that took part at that scene. I was happy with the ending of the book though, because it seems to me like all of these Greek stories are gory and don't have peaceful endings. It surprised me that a god interfered and brought peace, because gods don't usually directly interfere. It was also ironic that the goddess of war was the one who brought peace. Overall, I admire Odysseus at times for his bravery and preservation. But at other times, I don't admire him because of his pure pig-headedness. I enjoyed this read because it was challenging and opened me to new ways of writing.(Lily Sollberger)

I thought that the Odyssey has important questions embedded in it. The final books were very interesting because the readers get to see how a peasant is treated in Greek society when Odysseus is disguised. Throughout the book, we have experienced the traumas Odysseus goes through; however, he is treated differently as the famous, wily Odysseus than he is when he is disguised as a peasant. On Aeolus's island, Odysseus is given the bag of winds because Aeolus has heard of Odysseus and admires the great hero for his intelligence and cunning. Odysseus is always testing everyone. He tests the suitors, women, Penelope, and his father, Laertes. When Laertes breaks down because he believes his son to be dead, Odysseus cannot hold back the truth any longer and finish testing his father. It is strange that he even thought it necessary to test his own father because a parent's love is unconditional. During the slaughter, Antinous is the first suitor killed by Odysseus, and Antinous's father is the last man killed by Laertes, Odysseus's father. (Sara Brakeman)

In my opinion, the ending of the Odyssey is predictable. Like the hero journey, Odysseus has a normal life at first, then, he gets to adventure like the hero that has to go to the underworld. During his adventure, he faces tremendous monster such as Cyclops, sirens, or witch. Also, he gets a chance to go to the dead world and meets a lot of ghosts. Then, his helper tells him how to go back home and the goddess also helps him. Finally, he can get back home, revenge his opponents, and live with his wife, Penelope, happily ever after. (NOK)

For the very end of the book, Odysseus disguise himself to his father. I absolutely not agree with him. The first and the most important reason is that he is his father, who raises him, takes care of him, and waits for him for twenty years. He should not deceive to that person. Also, he should not do that because this situation happens after all of the suitors have already died. He should just tell the truth to him instantly. As he tells his father that he is not Odysseus, his body does not accept that truth. A few minutes later, he feels too bad that he has to tell him who he is. All in all, he should not lie to his father. (NOK)