Discuss an important theme in the Odyssey . Theme, as we’ll talk about in clas
Discuss an important theme in the Odyssey
. Theme, as we’ll talk about in class, is not just a recurring central idea in a work of literature–like homecoming or conversation–but the statement the text seems to be making about that idea
. Successful homecoming requires the right inner and outer actions; conversation is a key element in the “education” of Telemachus and Odysseus. Discussing a theme, therefore, means not just identifying it but also revealing what point the text seems to be making about it. That point is your thesis, the focus of your paper. To do this properly, you will obviously need to be very familiar with the theme, all its appearances in the poem, and the patterns it seems to be making.