Irony in Odyssey

Examines the ironic juxtaposition of war and domesticity in Greek writer, Homer’s Odyssey.

In book 22 of the Odyssey, the primary setting is of a domestic and pastoral nature. Thus, the violence and carnage that takes place in the midst of this landscape is highly incongruous and creates a sense of profound irony in Homer’s work. This theme can be seen in Odysseus’ slaying of Antino and Eurymachos, as well as in the final tender scene between Odysseus and the serving women.