Female Characters Of Women During The Odyssey By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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While many patriarchal elements still exist in society today, women were oppressed to a much greater extent in earlier periods of human history. During the time Homer transcribed The Odyssey, women were not even allowed to participate in the theatrical performances; male actors played the female characters. Despite these conditions, female characters are very prevalent in the epic, and many of them even exert their independence outside of traditional gender norms at the time. At the same time, however, these women still exhibit a level of subservience, representative of the social constraints. Even though various women play strong, important roles in The Odyssey, their independence is diminished by the tendency to act submissively and often maternally, revealing the paradoxical nature of gender roles in general and specifically in Greek society.
Arguably the most important female character is Athena, and while she exhibits enormous strength, she is limited by the patriarchal order of the Greek God system and her constant role of assisting Odysseus. Athena often has to address her concerns towards Zeus, and Zeus consistently acts dismissively towards her requests, regardless of weather he grants them or not. For instance, when Athena tells Zeus that Odysseus has spent 7 years as a captive of Kalypso, Zeus disrespects her intentions and says, “My child, what odd complaints you let escape you, / Have you not, you yourself, arranged this matter--/…/And are you not the one to

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