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Odysseus Compare And Contrast Penelope And The Suitors

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The stories found in Greek mythology are often the subjects of both visual and literary works. The myth of Penelope and Odysseus and their eventful marriage is one such story. Penelope is the daughter of Icarius and Periboea and the wife of Odysseus. Odysseus was sent to fight in the Trojan War the day his son was born. After the war, he angered the gods by not thanking them, so he was lost at sea for ten years after the war while trying to get back to Ithaca. Their son, Telemachus, helps her protect their house from the suitors who are trying to take Odysseus’s throne. In the painting Penelope and the Suitors, John Williams Waterhouse uses the scene where Penelope is being harassed by the suitors to show that she is irritated with the…show more content…
He started studying at the Royal Academy in London and married Esther Kenworthy in 1883 then moved to St. John’s Wood. They lived in a purpose built artistic colony .”Early in his career his works appeared similar to the the works of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema” and he painted many distinctive painting and was influenced by many talented artist before him. He produced over 200 paintings during his lifetime including “The Lady of Shalott,” “Boreas,” and,“The Crystal Ball.” “ He painted many excellent portraits of women”. His paintings were rich for their color, and was neglected through most of the 20th century. He produced works of mythological and literary themes through the 1890s and 1900s. He taught at St. John’s Wood art school between 1892 and 1913. He left no diaries or journals, and died of cancer in 1917. In the poem “Penelope”, Dorothy Parker lines 1 through 5 explain how Odysseus is on his voyage home which is shown when it states “he shall ride the silver seas.” In lines 5 through 10 of the poem Parker tells of Penelope doing daily things as if everything is normal, this is revealed when the poem says “Brew my tea, and snip my thread”. The mood of the poem is confident because Penelope still does everything as if Odysseus was there because she wanted nothing out of place in case he
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