Relationship Between the Goddess Athena and Odysseus in 'The Odyssey'
Many have called the relationship between Athena and Odysseus in The Odyssey a mentoring relationship, particularly as Athena often takes the form of a character named Mentor, but their relationship has much more depth than mentoring. Theirs is a relationship that evolves from mistaken assumptions between two people, in this case, their roles in the battle of Troy, a role requiring the commitment of shared souls. Therefore, the relationship between Athena and Odysseus is a redemptive one borne of past grievances (storytelling focus). Athena’s need is to redeem the future, while Odysseus’s need is to redeem the past. Together, they fight to protect their present souls so that they can give birth to one soul containing the mortal and the immortal. Bibliography lists 3 sources. JVAthOdy.rtf