Analysis Of The Poem ' The Odyssey '

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1. Penelope In the epic poem of “The Odyssey” Penelope plays Odysseus’ wife. Though “The Odyssey” relates the events and triumphs of Odysseus, the poem also tells one of Penelope who, too, is fighting a battle of her own. “Grieving and breaking her heart, and doing nothing but weep, both night and day continually” (Book 16, page 15) Penelope sulks not only for her husband who has not returned from battle, but also for her son who set sail in search for his father, Odysseus. Poor Penelope is now left alone with the suitors who are pushing her to remarry since King Odysseus has yet to return, after all it has been twenty years. Penelope, though depressed, allows for nothing to stand in her way of her continuance to hold dear to her husband. Trying to avoid the suitors at all cost, Antinoos explains Penelope’s trickery, “This three years past, and close on four, she had been driving us out of our minds, by encouraging each of us, and sending him messages without meaning one word of what she says. And then there was the other trick she played us. She set up a great tambour frame in her room, and began to work on an enormous piece of fine needlework. ‘Sweet hearts,” said she, ‘Ulysses is indeed dead, still do not press me to marry again immediately, wait-for I would not have skill in needlework perish unrecorded-till I have completed a pall for the hero Laertes, to be in readiness against the time when death shall take him. He is very rich, and the women of the place will talk
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