He narrates to Alcinous the king,
"I could tell you(Alcinous) much more, along tale, of the suffering I've had . by the will of the Gods."(VII, 226-227).
Odysseus acknowledges the power of the gods as unchallengeable by any mortal. Man, knowing limits to heroism always turns to the gods for help and it is their power to offer or withhold... displayed 300 characters
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Man, knowing limits to heroism always turns to the gods for help and it is their power to offer or withhold. Odysseus knowing he would not be able to survive prays to the Riverlord to help him and save him from the suffering. He in fact considers himself pitiful to the gods. (V, 499-455).
The help and gifts from the gods are not determined by merit, but chance... displayed next 300 characters
Alcinous and his men show Odysseus great generosity, supplying Odysseus with food and shelter, before learning who Odysseus is. Alcinous proves his generosity to Odysseus in that he is willing to send a convoy to escort Odysseus home...
In general, however, books five to twenty-four speak gallantly of Odysseus' escape form Calypso's island and his arrival at Phaeacia. During this stay Odysseus tells King Alcinous about his encounter with Cyclops, Poseidon's son...
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