There was an interesting question in Lit regarding the meaning of her name, and in my research, I came across some interesting speculation on Nausikaa's distinctness. For instance, she is the one woman Odysseus does not mention to Penelope.

Modern authors have definitely "run with" this idea, but I'm wondering if anyone here has thoughts on the subject.

Note: The Wikipedia leaves out her mention in Eliot.

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    Nausicaa's myth bears some resemblance to those of Medea, Helen, Ariadne, and Dido: each is divinely swayed to fall in love with a foreign adventurer, by a goddess who is the man's special patroness; and this love leads to forlorn-ness and sorrow for the woman, and some degree of loss or ruin for her people. Nausicaa's is perhaps the gentlest version of the pattern. – Brian Donovan Jul 19 '17 at 22:18
  • Hello! So I'm looking at some old unanswered questions, and I came across yours. I'm trying to find an answer for it, but I'm unsure of what your question is asking. What exactly do you mean by "symbolize"? Do you want to know who she is? What she did? – user6252 Aug 20 '19 at 19:00
  • @FuzzySquid More trying to get at "what she means", in terms of the significations of her identity and actions. – DukeZhou Aug 22 '19 at 17:16

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