Symbols in The Odyssey
Of the many symbols throughout The Odyssey, birds and food are the most frequent motifs. Birds symbolize both peace and bad omens. Birds are sent from the gods to foreshadow future events and to indicate good and bad characters. Food symbolizes transformation and the growth of characters and their bonds. Every positive event or relationship results in a shared meal; every negative event or relationship gives way to cannibalism or poisoning.
Symbols Examples in The Odyssey:
"goddess dispersed the mist and the land appeared..." See in text (Book XIII)
"At the head of this harbor there is a large olive tree..." See in text (Book XIII)
"a dove in its talons..." See in text (Book XV)
"birds of the same feather..." See in text (Book XVII)