Lack Of Hospitality In Homer's Odyssey

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Hospitality or the Lack of Hospitality, the generous act of welcoming someone freely into your home and treating them like family, is one of the major themes of the book The Odyssey. Throughout the book Odysseus travels to different territories in his attempt to return home after being imprisoned by Calypso on her island, Ogygia, for many years. Hospitality, or the lack of hospitality, had an effect on Odysseus throughout the entire book. The owners of different islands Odysseus visit may be rude and dangerous or welcoming and harmless. Every islander does not display the same hospitality that Odysseus expects and is used to. Starting with Odysseus’ home, the suitors display their lack of hospitality by trying to court his wife Penelope