Homer’s odyssey is nothing short of a marvelous technique of picturesque storytelling. The most important factor that doesn’t let the audience lose interest in the poem is the visualization, just like a movie, the words and phrases used are not that bore an audience, instead, they engage. Real, not abstract words are used to keep the readers or listeners hooked on.
For instance; “Minerva had said that he would find the swineherd” (Book 9), creates a picture in the listener’s head. The characters are live in the minds of readers. Goddess Minerva had peculiar character and traits and each individual has his own movie theater in his head to project what Minerva looked like and then her actions seed in a listener’s mind.
In a modern day or pop culture, adventure fantasy genre rakes in billions of dollars for Hollywood, not merely because of the technology available but because of lively characters like Aladdin, Bambi, Dumbo, Shrek, etc. It is the play of lively character that Homer was a master of creating and putting them into the story without any complexities. This way a common reader would immediately get engulfed into the story and ‘wakes up’ only after the story ends.
Homer’s technique of creating ‘visual motion picture’ takes the reader into the fantasy land, and once he’s there, the anticipation and suspense are enough to keep him frozen there. The odyssey opens with a surprise with no genuine opening given, it starts right in the middle of the story and this informality creates interest as something which is different from the mainstream.
Homer (n.d.). Homer; the odyssey.