Help me understand what he says I'm reading a book about Circe, in which she asks Odysseus. "What did you do? When you could not make Achilles and Agamemnon listen?" Odysseus answers. "That is easy. You make a plan in which they do not." I have a difficulty in understanding his answer. What does he mean by it?
Aug 1, 2019 6:24 PM
Answers · 2
Let's pretend that your advice to Achilles and Agamemnon is to "never attack the city of Troy because it will end in disaster". You know that they will not listen to your advice, so what do you do? Well, you could make sure that you give your advice in a very public way so that everyone hears it. The more people that know about your advice the better! In this case your "plan" is to show everyone other than Achilles and Agamemnon that you know what you are talking about and that you give wise council. Then, after Achilles dies at Troy and Agamemnon dies on the way back from Troy, you will be acknowledged as a person who gives good advice. Odysseus is saying that you must try to out-think people when they don't do what you want. He is saying that there is a way to gain an advantage even in the most difficult circumstances.
August 1, 2019
Im sure there is someone more qualified than me to answer this, but to me it sounds like odysseus might mean coming up with a plan that will produce an outcome that does not depend on achilles and agamemnon listening to him. Whether or not they listen becomes irrelevant.
August 1, 2019
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