The Book The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood, A Paragraph
352 WordsFeb 2, 20181 Page
The book, The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood creates a completely different picture and understanding of Odysseus’s wife, Penelope. It gives her a voice of the main character, and shows the other side to the original story The Odyssey.
To begin, Penelope’s voice creates a naïve appearance for herself. In chapter six, she speaks of her marriage. “That’s the way things were done: Where there was a wedding, there were arrangements…”Instantly, she sounds unappreciative, and unsatisfied. Penelope tells us about her marriage arrangements and wedding with no enthusiasm at all. She hardly sounds satisfied with the act of even being married.
Also, in chapter six, she is still talking about her marriage, but feels it is important to explain that in the old rules, only important people had marriages and inheritances. All the unimportant people were worthy of were ungodly acts of sin. To me, she comes off as block headed and stuck up, as if anyone without royal descendants wasn’t capable of anything more.
The further you get into the book, the more winey and self-pitying her voice becomes. In the beginning of chapter 16, I’m using the quote “Now began the worst period of my ordeal, I cried so much I thought I would turn into a river or a fountain, as in the old tales. No matter how much I prayed and offered up sacrifices and watched for omens, my husband still didn’t return. To add to my misery…” The first part of the