The Odyssey

by

Homer

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The Odyssey Symbols

Food

Almost every fortune and misfortune in The Odyssey is a scene of men eating or being eaten. Every kindness culminates in a meal, and nearly every trial culminates in cannibalism or poison. Scyllaread analysis of Food

Birds

Several bird omens foreshadow the final battle between Odysseus's men and the suitors. Early on in the book, two eagles tear each other to death; later, an eagle kills a goose (as in Penelope's dream)… read analysis of Birds