Which part of Odysseus’s epic journey is fighting the suitors?
The hardest part of Odysseus’ epic quest was fighting Penelope’s suitors. He returns home following the Trojan War and ten years of wandering. There, he meets other men who want to succeed him and wed his wife. He is able to deceive every suitor with Telemachus’ assistance, then kill them all.
Odysseus left his wife and son behind when he traveled for the Trojan War. The Ithacan elite’s young representatives clamoured to take his place. They came to the conclusion that Penelope was a widow and that they should wed. There were 108 suitors, with Antinous, Eurymachus, and Amphinomus among the most notable. The palace was occupied by the suitors, who filled it with festivities, amusement, and fun. They were “eating up” his house while pretending to look after his mother Penelope, as Telemachus recounted. They might end up wasting all of Odysseus’ wealth and wiping down his realm because of the lifestyle they had.
Odysseus had to figure out a strategy to rid his house of the potential suitors once he got to Ithaca. He chose to deceive them because there were so many of them. Odysseus received aid from his son Telemachus, Eumaeus, and Philoetius throughout the battle. Penelope brought the bow that Odysseus used during one of the feasts.
She said she’d marry anyone who could use it to shoot an arrow through twelve axes. Not even the bow could be stringed. Only Odysseus, disguised as a beggar, successfully completed the mission.
Odysseus used another arrow after dispatching the twelve axes with the first one. The most haughty of all the suitors, Antinous, was murdered by him. He then made himself known. The remaining suitors became afraid and made an attempt to flee. But Odysseus intended to put an end to them all. The palace’s doors were shut. All of Odysseus’ adversaries were killed. He so completed his ultimate experience and went back to his wife and house.