Analysis Of Homer 's The Odyssey, And Sophocles ' Oresteia

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The institution of marriage represents an abiding covenant between a man and a woman that unites their differences in a transformational and purposeful way. The intimate sacrament demands a lifelong commitment to one another, hence the traditional vow, “till death do us part.” Ideally, each maintains their individuality, surrendering themselves to each other, becoming compatible in mind, body, and spirit. However, as unbridled anger breeds distrust and deceit, this steadfast romance can easily distort into dismal apathy. These contrasting representations of marriage in Homer’s The Odyssey, and Aeschylus’ Oresteia govern the works’ narratives, setting the scene for the climatic events and highlighting various themes presented throughout the plot. While the unanimity and loyalty of Penelope and Odysseus fortifies their love for each other, the strikingly different marriage of Clytaemestra and Agamemnon collapses under their selfishness and deceit; Homer’s couple stands as the heartening conclusion of Odysseus’ journey home, while Agamemnon and Clytaemestra’s apostasy of love triggers the endless cycle of revenge in Aeschylus’ tragedy.
Penelope and Odysseus’s like-mindedness, loyalty, and intimacy create an unassailable love, impervious to change. Both Penelope and Odysseus’s cunning, clever nature emphasizes why they are perfect mates for one another, and it allows them to relentlessly have faith in each other despite difficult situations that challenge their love. As the…

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