The Odyssey

why do you think homer includes argos,the dog?why do you think he has a dog die when he does?

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Argos represents undying loyalty, even when it welcomes Odysseus home drawing its last breath. Loyalty is a trait that is in short supply, especially when the suitors are involved. The dog's death is a prelude to Odysseus clearing house of the disloyal people that he has come back to.