The Odyssey murals painted for Broad Lane Comprehensive School, Coventry.

In 1953 Norman painted a series of murals for what was then Broad Lane Comprehensive School, but is now Woodlands School and Sports Collage in Coventry. These murals depict scenes from Homer's 'The Odyssey.
In the first painting the gods look down from heaven as Telemachus sets out in a boat from Ithaca for the Greek mainland.
In the second ships are battered by a great storm. There are many stormy voyages described in the Odyssey. After staying with Aeolus, the master of the winds, Odysseus is given a leather bag containing all the winds, a gift that should have ensured a safe journey home. However, while Odysseus slept his sailors opened the bag, releasing the storm to end all storms.
The third shows a competition of athletes. Odysseus stays for several days with Nausicaa and her parents Arete and Alcinous. During this time he takes part in an athletic competition.
The next shows Odysseus's final journey home. On his way he skirted the land of the Sirens, passed between the many-headed monster Scylla and the whirlpool Charybdis, and landed on the island of Thrinacia.
The final painting shows Odysseus stringing his bow. After returning home the suitors for his wife competing for her hand with an archery competition using Odysseus’s bow. He takes part in the competition himself; he alone is strong enough to string the bow and therefore wins. Immediately he turns his arrows on the suitors, and kills them all. Odysseus and Telemachus kill (by hanging) twelve of their household maids, who had slept with the suitors; they mutilate and kill the goatherd Melanthius, who had mocked and abused Odysseus.

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