Odysseus says these comments when Calypso informs him that if he leaves her island, he would suffer. Odysseus is willing to suffer enormous hardship throughout the epic. However, Calypso knows that if he leaves her island, she could be in danger because Athena will punish anyone who hurts Odysseus while he's on his journey home. So, Calypso promises that if Odysseus listens to her, she will help him reach his destination even though it goes against everything she believes in.
Calypso also tells Odysseus that no one has ever left her island and survived. However, since Athena wants him home, she will give him some advice on how to reach Ithaca from here. Then, Calypso will let him go.
Athena tells Odysseus not to worry about anything other than reaching Ithaca because everything else will take care of itself. As long as he gets home, everything will work out fine.
Odysseus travels to many places before reaching Ithaca including: Circe's island, Hades' kingdom, and Poseidon's realm. Each place has its own set of problems but Odysseus always finds a way out.
Odysseus weeps for his wife and home even while he sleeps with Calypso. Calypso approaches him and urges him not to cry any longer since she is sending him home. She promises that if he goes back with her, then she will never send him away from her again.
Odysseus refuses to go, but Calypso makes him sleep beside her so that she can take advantage of him during his slumber. When Odysseus wakes up, he is alone and cries bitterly. This shows that Calypso keeps her promise and does not send him away from her.
Calypso tries to console him by saying that his wife has probably already been married to another man for many years now and that it is time for him to leave her behind. However, this doesn't help Odysseus at all because he still wants to go home. Calypso decides to play a trick on him by giving him an herb that would make him fall asleep forever if he eats it. She tells him that unless he takes this herb, then she will have to keep him here in her island forever.
Odysseus agrees to Calypso's condition and eats the herb. Soon after, he falls asleep and dreams about home.
What does Odysseus attempt? "Who stands in his way of his wish?" He tries to flee the island, but Calypso's maidens return him. What does Athena think of the gods? She thinks they can't be trusted. Why doesn't she help Odysseus directly? Because she wants him to experience suffering first-hand before he judges the gods.
Athena doesn't give Odysseus a direct answer to his question about whether or not the goddess can fulfill her promise to let him go. Instead, she leads him on a journey that will teach him many things. First, she tests his faith by having various obstacles thrown in his path. For example, the god Poseidon tries to destroy Odysseus' ship several times, but each time he manages to save it at the last minute. This shows that Odysseus is not human but rather a gift from Athena. No matter how hard he tries, he can never escape her control.
After many trials and errors, Odysseus finally realizes that the only way to fulfill his desire to go home is by accepting the fact that the goddess has decided he should stay on the island forever. Even though this idea makes him sad, he knows it's for the best. No one can be sure what would have happened if he went home early.
Odysseus devises a strategy that permits his men to flee and reclaim their freedom, but instead of sailing away peacefully, his ego gets in the way and he causes his own demise. When Odysseus arrives at Ithaca, his home island, there are many problems due to the years that have passed. His family has been murdered by his old enemy, the suitors, who had been waiting for him to return so they could kill him too. Only Penelope, his wife, refuses to see him as culpable for the deaths of those close to him.
Odysseus decides not to tell anyone about his identity until he can find a way to kill all of the suitors. He spends months trying to come up with a plan but fails repeatedly. In the end, he realizes that since they know who he is, if he wants to get back at them, he needs to show himself to be invincible by killing one of them first. So he waits until the last night of the year to reveal himself to the servants before going up on deck to watch the sun rise over Ithaca for the first time in years. As soon as it is light enough to see, he kills every single one of the suitors including his own brother-in'the-end.
This story takes place in ancient Greece.