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Analysis Of Homer 's The Odyssey

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In Homer’s The Odyssey, men acquire all the power, and women live only as aides to men; however, women assert their dominance over men in many occasions where they actually strip men of their dominance. At the end of Book 21, the main character, Odysseus, strings his bow, and shoots it through the row of axes winning Penelope’s competition. By doing this, Odysseus asserts his dominance which he has not had in many years because women stripped him of it. Odysseus’ entire demeanor relates to dominance, or masculinity. He resembles the ideal man through his warrior abilities, ideal body, and cunningness. In the Iliad, Odysseus fights alongside the Greek army at Troy as a commander. In fact, the idea of the Trojan Horse attack came from Odysseus, and, inevitably, his strategy allowed for the Greeks to win the war exemplifying his abilities as a warrior. His body “taller to all eyes, his build more massive now, and down from his brow . . . ran his curls like thick hyacinth clusters” (6: 253-255). This description resembles what the ideal man looks like. He had many instances where his cunningness showed as well. For example, the episode with Polyphemus: Odysseus and his men attempt to steal from a Cyclops, but when Polyphemus captures them, and eats the men twice a day until Odysseus thinks of a plan to get them out. Odysseus tells Polyphemus, “Nobody – that’s my name. Nobody” (9: 410); which leads to Polyphemus screaming “Nobody’s killing me” (9: 455) when the other Cyclopes
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