Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

The Hired Girl

Laura Amy Schlitz

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14. Motif 2: Hospitality

The Odyssey

Homer, 700*
Famous for: Monsters, meddling gods, and some major bloodbaths.

Learn about motifs in literature--for example, Homer's repeated demonstrations of Greek hospitality in The Odyssey | 60second Recap® Decoder™ video study guideThere may be a lot of fighting in The Odyssey, but there’s also a surprising amount of civilized behavior—specifically a lot of hospitality. So what was Homer up to in portraying the Greeks and their guests? The answer is simple: In The Odyssey, hospitality is a motif.


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