A Survey of the Functions of Similes in Homer’s Odyssey
Occurring in various forms and lengths in Homer's Odyssey, similes have been viewed as superfluous, mostly decorative, devices that have only a limited connection to the surrounding narrative. Consequently, attention to any other functions of similes has been limited. In my thesis I draw on a list of functions adapted from metaphor theory in order to investigate the similes of the Odyssey. My aim is to determine what types of functions each simile performs. My examination reveals that no two...[Show more]
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