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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's Speech And Actions Toward The Suitors
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    Homer's poem The Odyssey depicts the tendency of people to ignore the consequences of their actions. Odysseus punished Penelope's suitors without thinking of consequences that he would have to endure. He did not acknowledge the consequences because that would prevent him from doing what he wants to do. Odysseus wanted to kill the suitors; they ate away at his fortune. Finding consequences for murdering the suitors would force Odysseus to realize what he is about to do is not a good idea. Odysseu...
  • Telemakhos Conversations With The Suitors And Penelope
    647 words
    The actions of a matured Telemakhos A Homeric man can be defined as someone who journeys to different lands and is also skilled in battle and council. We have read the previous books in which Athena aids Telemakhos with his first step towards maturity. Book 18 offers us another view of his transformation from a boy to a man. Telemakhos conversations with the suitors and Penelope reveal his acknowledgement of his present situation and new responsibilities. The following will examine the ways in w...
  • Great Hall Of Menelaos
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    Female Power in The Odyssey Throughout time women have had to fight hard for respect and the rights that come with it. Many societies have portrayed women as second class citizens, teaching that they should be subservient to men. There have been those who have spent entire lifetimes working to break beyond the traditional concepts of women and power. It is very challenging, however, for the sex to achieve higher status, when a society teaches not to speak out or against men's wishes. How can one...
  • 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...
  • Moment Penelope
    768 words
    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...
  • Telemachos States To His Father
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    To thine own self be true, is a famous Shakespearean quote, and one the character Telemachos in The Odyssey had to struggle to learn to appreciate. He is first introduced to the reader as being meek and passive, feeling as if defending his family against the suitors is a hopeless effort. With the interference of Athena, he begins to have faith in both himself and his father, returning after years abroad to reclaim the Ithacan throne. By the riveting conclusion of the book, Telemachos has proven ...
  • Epic And Penelope And Odysseus Relationship
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    Marriage is based on love, trust, and respect. One marriage that does not fit this model is that of Penelope and Odysseus in the Odyssey by Homer. Odysseus went away to fight and was gone for twenty years, Penelope his wife, always had hope that he would come home some day, and never took up with anyone else, she stayed loyal. However after twenty years she decided that maybe it would be best to start looking for a new suitor. The story then progresses with the return of Odysseus however Penelop...

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