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English 1

11 January
2018

The Goddess Calypso

     The Greek Goddess Calypso was the
goddess-nymph of the mythical island of Ogygia and the daughter of the Titan
Atlas and Pleione; she had 8 sisters and no brothers. Calypso was a sea goddess
who ruled the island Ogygia. She was sent there for punishment and was
represented by the symbol of a dolphin. Calypso had no special power but her
magic allowed her to rule the island Ogygia. Calypso was sent to the island of
Ogygia as a punishment because she was thought to hold up the sky and the
heavens as punishment for taking part in the titan war against Zeus. It was
also thought that Calypso was banished to Ogygia because of her loyalty to her
father. Calypso was limited to her powers on the island and she had no weapon
to do anything about it. She managed to trap Odysseus after he fights the
tumultuous sea for nine days and him losing his ship and men. Odysseus then
washes ashore the island of Ogygia and he is captured by Calypso and she
doesn’t let Odysseus go because she has fallen in love with him. Calypso wants
to make him her immortal husband because she is attracted to him. Nobody came
to rescue Odysseus because Calypsos world Ogygia was so far from the rest of
the world. Hermes, messenger of the gods, is sent to Calypso’s island to tell
her that Odysseus must at last be allowed to leave so he can return home and
live free. Calypso didn’t like the idea of Odysseus going away but she had to
let him go or the gods would have been angry at her and they would have gone
after Odysseus themselves. Calypso was a very compassionate, dominating, ruler,
untrusting worthy and very irresponsible. Calypso could not leave the island
but others could come and go. The gods will go and visit her every so often;
they would bring word about the outside world. Every thousand years or so, the
gods of Olympus will send Calypso a 
companion (hero) to Ogygia so that Calypso will  tend to him and befriend him, Calypso never
left the island.

     Calypso lived on the island Ogygia, where
she was sent as a prisoner because she supported her father in the battles
between Titans and Olympians. There are many possible locations of the island
but nobody really knows where the island Ogygia is located at. Some believed
that the island was located in the western Mediterranean Sea, or more Pacific
in the Ionian Sea. Odysseus was the only person who discovered her island
because he was fighting for nine days in the open sea and after losing his ship
and his army to the monsters of Italy and Sicily. Odysseus didn’t find his way
back home; instead he washed ashore on the island of Ogygia. Calypso fell for
Odysseus and wanted to make him her immortal husband and give him the eternal
youth. But Odysseus didn’t want to get married, he was dreaming about going
back to Ithaca and his wife. Calypso was so in love with him that she didn’t
care that he refused her offers, she kept hoping and seducing Odysseus.
Eventually, she made him her lover after a long period of time. Calypso and
Odysseus lived together for seven years in her cave that she called home and
according to Hesiod, Calypso gave birth to two kids; Nausithous and Nausinous.
If the goddess Athena hadn’t asked Zeus to save Odysseus from Ogygia and
Calypso, what could have happened to Odysseus? Zeus sent his messenger Hermes
to persuade Calypso to let Odysseus go back home. Calypso couldn’t say no to
Zeus (the king of gods). Calypso was angry that she had to say goodbye to her
only Friend and lover. But she helped Odysseus build the boat that would take
him back to his wife and Ithaca. She provided enough food and wine for the long
journey Odysseus had a long journey ahead of him. After Calypso lost her lover
she had for seven years she tried to kill herself. But she was immortal: she
only went through terrible pain and suffering. If Athena and Zeus hadn’t taken
away Odysseus from Calypso she wouldn’t of gone through pain and suffering, but
her lover would have never really loved her and suffered emotional pain and
suffering.        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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