in book 18 describe the outcome of the fight between Irus and Odysseus. What does the suitors notice about the Odysseus the beggar during the fight. Why do you think Homer includes this descriptive detail?
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An actual beggar, Iros, enters the palace and violently orders Odysseus to leave. Odysseus tries to calm him down, but Iros challenges him to a fight. Antinoos overhears the squabble and gathers the suitors to watch, promising a goat stomach and unlimited access to meals at the palace from now on to the victor. After ensuring that none of the suitors will strike him when he is not looking, Odysseus' strong body, with aid from Athena, intimidates Iros. Odysseus makes short work of him and takes him outside. The suitors congratulate Odysseus and reward him with food. Odysseus warns them that the lord of the house will return soon and win his revenge through blood. I think the author wishes to re-establish Odysseus's skill as a soldier, fighter and hero.