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Comparing the Deceitful Women of Homer's Odyssey and the Bible

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The Deceitful Women of Homer's Odyssey and the Bible

Across all barriers, women have always brought pain, suffering, and aguish to the men as demonstrated in both Homer's Odyssey and the Bible. With their beauty and grace, temptresses like the Sirens and Delilah lure men into their grasps, only to later steer them to their ruin. Other times, they use their cunning abilities and deception, as Circe and Jezebel did, in order to entice men into doing things that they normally would never accede to do. Moreover, most tragedies, disasters, and misfortunes are essentially caused by women as demonstrated by Helen, who caused the Trojan War, and Eve, who caused the exile of all mankind from the Garden of Eden and is the mother of all
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Judges 16:5-6 explains, "The lords of the Philistine came to her and said to her, `Coax him, and find out what makes his strength so great, and how we may overpower him, so that we may bind him in order to subdue him; and we will each give you eleven hundred pieces of silver.'" Samson is legend to have extraordinary strength, and, therefore, cannot be forced to do anything. Delilah, then, has to use her feminine wiles to obtain Samson's secret to his strength. In Judges 16:15-17, it states, "Then she said to him, 'How can you say, "I love you," when your heart is not with me?" Delilah knows Samson loves her and she uses this fact to sway Samson to give her his secret, and therefore causing his fall.

In addition to their poisonous beauty, women are born with the natural gifts of shrewdness and cleverness, which they use to destroy men. In the Odyssey, Circe wins Odysseus over with elegant speech and convinces Odysseus to stray from his journey for years, even despite the fact that she turned his men into pigs. "So she spoke, and the proud heart in us was persuaded" (Odyssey 10.466). It was not until his men convinced him to leave seven years later that Odysseus resumed his voyage home. His men say to him, "What ails you now? It is time to think about our own country; if truly it is ordained that you shall survive and come back to your strong-founded house and to the land of your fathers." (Odyssey 10.472-474). Circe's
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