Lesson 12, Topic 3
- What do you note about the ways in which Hannah Hintze leads this seminar?
- Why do you think she chose the opening question that she did?
- What do you note about the ways in which students treat the text?
- What do you note about the ways in which students interact with one another?
- What do you think about how the initial question in the seminar was about Penelope, but almost all of the discussion centered around Odysseus? How about the way that the conversation came back around to her? Do you think that the discussion about Odysseus himself was helpful in thinking about Penelope’s role?
- What do you think of the suggestion that Penelope is present at the end of the book, or will be with Odysseus on his final journey, because she is a part of him, or is in his thoughts? What do you think changed about their relationship once he was home (other than physical proximity)?
- Do you think the killing of the suitors was just? Why or why not? How political was Odysseus’s decision to slay them? How does the intervention of the gods in the almost-battle figure into your thoughts (if it does)?
- When do you think Penelope recognized Odysseus—was it with the incident of the bed, or was that merely a ruse? If it was a ruse, when do you think she first recognized him, and why do you think she delayed accepting him until he’d passed this test? Did Odysseus purposely prompt her to launch the test with his remark about the bed?