Lady Macbeth By William Shakespeare

1393 WordsMay 18, 20176 Pages
The women figure is often perceived as passionate and loving but it was used as a sign of trouble, jealousy, and evilness in old literature pieces such as the Homer’s Odyssey and Shakespeare’s Macbeth, where the storylines couldn’t take places without the intervention of a female character. Both pieces of literature share the appearance of intriguing actions of a female character more than once in the plot. In the Odyssey, we have the female appearance that make an impact to the story three time: Helen of Troy (cause of the 10-year long war), Calypso (kept Odysseus captive on an island for 7 years) and his wife Penelope (Odysseus longed for her, men wanted to marry forcefully to take over Odysseus castle). In Macbeth on the other hand we…show more content…
That’s the cruel tone that literature gave to Helen, she caused millions of deaths including her lover to ultimately return to her husband and betray the love of the man that gave up his life for her. Calypso: Calypso was the goddess that kept Odysseus captive for seven years due to her love for him but she was forced to let him by Zeus. She was portrayed as an egoistic being, keeping a man against his will, and most importantly a man that had a family which was struggling due to his absence. Calypso expressed her disagreement with Zeus and the other gods that told her to let Odysseus go by stating that since she was a female she couldn’t keep the mortal that she wanted for herself in contrast to a male god always keeping the mortals they were loving (Sparknotes.com). I agree she should have the same rights as a male god but not a man whose family was waiting for him to come back home. In this part Homer set a capricious tone to describe Calypso for her selfishness. In book 5 of the Odyssey Calypso says to Odysseus after setting him free: But if you only knew, down deep, what pains are fated to fill your cup before you reach that shore, you’d stay right here, preside in our house with me and be immortal. Much as you long to see your wife, the one you pine for all your days (Sparknotes.com) . . . Per the passage Calypso even after setting Odysseus free keeps her image of being a capricious and selfish woman, even by
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