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  • Loyal To Odysseus As Her Husband
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    Gentle waves lap against the Ithacan shore line as Odysseus has finally reached his native homeland. Rumors of the great turmoil that has rocked Odysseus' home land and house has reached him abroad. After hearing the news, he decides to don a beggar's disguise and so forth begins the great test. When the disguised Odysseus in Homer's great epic poem, The Odyssey, converses with her wife Penelope in Book nineteen, he tests her loyalty to her husband's honor and her love of her missing husband. Od...
  • Penelope The Central Female Character
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    The Women of the Odyssey Many people regard Homer's epics as war stories-stories about men; those people often overlook the important roles that women play in the Odyssey. While there are not many female characters in the Odyssey, the few that there are, play pivotal roles in the story and one can gain a lot of insight by analyzing how those women are portrayed. Homer portrays the females in contradictory ways: the characters of Athena and Eurykleia are given strong, admirable roles while Melant...
  • Greek Hero Odysseus
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    Homer, name traditionally assigned to the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, the two major epics of Greek antiquity. Nothing is known of Homer as an individual, and in fact it is a matter of controversy whether a single person can be said to have written both the Iliad and the Odyssey. Linguistic and historical evidence, however, suggests that the poems were composed in the Greek settlements on the west coast of Asia Minor sometime in the 8th century BC. Both epics are written in an elaborate ...
  • Positive Consequences To Penelope
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    The Odyssey and The Pearl: Loyalty Loyalty to another person or to a cause may be an admirable trait, but it can lead to either positive or negative consequences. In Homer's epic The Odyssey and John Steinbeck's novel The Pearl there are characters that show great examples of this trait. Penelope in The Odyssey and Juana in The Pearl are the most obvious, although there are many. Penelope stayed loyal to Odysseus while he was on his twenty-year journey and Juana stayed by her husband through his...
  • Odysseus Bed
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    Throughout history, women have been looked at as the "lesser gender", mortal or immortal. They are always stereotyped as not equally important as men. I strongly disagree with this idea, especially in the book The Odyssey. In The Odyssey, Homer suggests that the women characters in the book are more important than the characters of men despite their stereotype. He portrays this through the characters of Penelope, Kalypso, and Kirke. They are important because they are a large part of the story. ...
  • Odysseus Return Home
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    Book Report The Tale of Troy was written by Padraig Colum, it has 132 pages, and takes place in the ancient islands of Greece. The Tale of Troy is a fiction story. Even though Athena and Poseidon helped the Greeks during the Trojan War, Athena turns against the Greeks and convinces Poseidon to do the same. The Greeks are hit by storms on the way home and many ships are destroyed and the fleet is scattered. The war and his troubles at sea keep Odysseus away from Ithaka, for twenty years. While he...
  • Penelope To Her Husband
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    Women in the odyssey 2000-07-15 The literature composed during the era when the Odyssey was written was directed by men. Woman characters were valued but the only participated in affairs when they had the permission of men. The men, for the most part, directed the women's lives. The themes used in literature were on the subjects that men would be interested in; combat; warriors, and rulers. Domestic affairs, for the most part, were not noted. There is a immense contrast between the Odyssey and o...
  • Validity Of Odysseus's Actions
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    When Odysseus returned home to his wife and son, he took a very brutal method to rid his home of the suitors who had run over his household. This revenge was also taken out upon the servants and maids who had been unfaithful to Penelope and had slept with the suitors. Some may say this punishment was too harsh, and made Odysseus less than an honorable man. However, Odysseus's actions are justifiable. Indeed those who occupied the lord's manor during his absence did so with no honor. But one may ...
  • Relationship Between Odysseus And Telemakhos
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    Relationships in the Odyssey Essay Throughout the Odyssey, there are many relationships that represent love between two people. These relationships show loyalty, compassion, and the wanting to be near one another. Two of these kinds of relationships are between Odysseus and Telemakhos, and Odysseus and Penelope. The relationship between Odysseus and Telemakhos is a blind love. That is because they never really got to know each other because Odysseus has been gone for most of Telemakhos' life. On...
  • Homer Balances Odysseus Fate
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    The Odyssey The Odyssey is one of the two great epic poems written by the ancient Greek poet Homer. Due to its antiquity, it is not known when or where it was first written, nevertheless, the approximate date and place is 700 BC Greece. Later publications are widespread as the text is transcribed in modern English with no deviation from the original story. The story is set in the lands and seas in close proximity to Greece changing by books as Odysseus, the protagonist hero, recounts of his many...
  • Homer's Male Characters In The Odyssey
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    Homer wrote the classic epic The Odyssey more than 2,500 years ago. At that time in ancient Greek society, as well as in the whole of the ancient world, the dominant role was played by men. Society was organized, directed, and controlled by men, and it was accepted that women occupied a subservient and inferior position. Women, of course, were valued, but were expected to possess certain traits and perform certain tasks that men demanded of them. Does Homer's writing in The Odyssey support or re...
  • Odyssey The Gods Help Odysseus
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    Throughout vast journeys of many heroes, no other hero had a more complex journey than Odysseus. This journey is called The Odyssey, written by Homer. It is an epic poem or story told of a hero name Odysseus on a 20-year voyage trying to get back home from the Trojan War. The great epic poem known as The Odyssey and attributed to Homer was probably first written down around the eighth century BC, but the origins of the ancient story in myth, legend, and folklore and art appear to be much older. ...
  • Wedding Bed Of Odysseus And Penelope
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    The Odyssey: Book 23, The Great Rooted Bed Tone: The tone in the beginning of this book is very frantic; it starts out with Eurycleia rushing through the hallways and into Penelope's room to inform her of the good news. The old nurse tells Penelope that Odysseus is indeed back home to Ithaca. At first Penelope couldn't believe it but when she was reassured she cry tears of joy. The tone then shifts to a calmer one, even a little harsh. When Penelope sees Odysseus in person she seems to show no e...
  • Shows Loyalty To Odysseus
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    Loyalty to family, community, and the gods is an important quality in the lives of ancient Greek citizens. These qualities are clear demonstrated in The Odyssey through Penelope, Telemakhos, and Odysseus. Penelope shows her loyalty in several ways. She shows loyalty to Odysseus by waiting for his return for twenty long years. She did not choose a suitor until she knew for sure that Odysseus was dead. To delay the decision of choosing a suitor, Penelope said she would marry a suitor after she had...
  • Moment Penelope
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    After Penelope put the suitors through a final test, she showed them Odysseus bow and said she would marry whoever could shoot an arrow through the holes of twelve axes in a row. One after one they tried, but they could not even pull the string. The beggar Odysseus asked to have a go, and under ridicule and laughter he shot a perfect arrow through the twelve axes, then turned the bow against the suitors and started killing them with the help of Telemachus. After this the treacherous maids were p...
  • Father Son Relationship Between Odysseus And Telemachos
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    Love, A hero's Conquest There are many essential emotions that form the building blocks of our lives. These emotions help to shape the people that we are. These feelings are emotional necessities to ultimately keep us happy. No piece of literature makes these feelings more evident than the Odyssey by Homer. Throughout the course of this book there is one major emotional theme: love. Often times in life we search for a companion, someone to share our love and life with. Odysseus and Penelope's la...
  • Feminine Psyche In Penelope
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    The Odyssey has much to teach us about the feminine psyche. The feminine psyche is the way that the female mind and soul react to and process situations. Females are generally faithful, giving, and respectful to their mates. We have an insight into the feminine psyche in several things that Penelope does. The weaving and unweaving of the shroud and the test of the bed are two examples of the way Penelope thinks. She does what is thought to be her duty to her husband to resist the suitors and rem...
  • Faithful To Odysseus Despite His Absence
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    Penelope in the Odyssey: In Homer's epic poem, The Odyssey, Penelope, the wife of Odysseus, is highly significant and represents the epitome of the Greek ideal, because she embodies the ideal wife. Penelope embodies the ideal wife, because she conforms to the ideals of her society. The ideals of her society include, tremendous will power, faithfulness, honor, sadness, helplessness and long suffering. Penelope's husband, Odysseus, has been exiled for 20 years, since he left home to fight in the T...
  • Penelope The Poem Penelope By Dorothy Parker
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    Penelope The poem Penelope by Dorothy Parker describes the relationship between Odysseus and his wife, Penelope. The manner in which Penelope, the narrator, speaks of her husband and his journey is somewhat sarcastic and resentful. This poem shows her perceptions of Odysseus, and also the role women have played in the past. Penelope describes her life and how she perceives her husbands life to be. The one-worded title gives the impression of a plain, simple woman and prepares the reader for her ...
  • Penelope And Telemachus
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    Books 1-5 Book 1- In book one we find out that Odysseus is being held by Calypso on the island Ogygia. Odysseus wants to come home to his homeland and see his wife Penelope and his son Telemachus. Zeus and Athena have a talk about Odysseus. Telemachus is upset because his father is still not home. Penelope is distraught over Odysseus being gone for so long. The suitors are all after the marriage to Penelope and she gets very upset with all of them. Book 4- Menelaus is excited to see Telemachus t...

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