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    Penelope In The Odyssey

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    Penelope serves as one of the most crucial characters within the Odyssey. She one of the few driving forces for our main protagonist’s journey home and she is also an exemplar model of female character breaking the mold of the damsel in distress. She actually takes it upon herself to take command, to some extent, of her own situation while her husband is presumably making his way back home from war. Penelope even matches Odysseus in craftiness and sly personality. For example, Penelope had told the

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    Both Penelope and Odysseus put others through trials in books 19, 21, and 23 in order to test their loyalty and identity. The trait of constantly testing others eludes to the little trust that Odysseus and Penelope have in others making them a perfect match for each other. In Book 19 Homer shows Odysseus in the presence Penelope describing to her how well she is known and why. He suggests that her fame “has reached the vaulting skies” and that the kingdom she has built is “proud and strong” and under

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    Homer’s, The Odyssey, view Odysseus as a hero, they often reduce Penelope to Odysseus’s helpless wife, but Penelope is more than just a damsel-in-distress. Penelope proves to be Odysseus’s heroic equal, as through her resilient, witty and strategic actions she ensures Odysseus fighting advantages over the suitors. Unlike Odysseus Penelope is confined by the gender roles of her time and cannot use physical strength against the suitors or even direct verbal rejection, instead Penelope resorts to her

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    Penelope may not have as exciting of a life as some of the other characters in Homer’s The Odyssey, but she makes up for it by being very clever, which makes her a good match for her husband, Odysseus. Penelope plays a very important role in Odysseus’s journey home, in fact, she is the main reason for his return to Ithaca. When the suitors begin invading her house and asking, then demanding, her hand in marriage, Penelope knows she must handle them herself. Being a woman in ancient Greece, she does

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    Many people while reading Homer’s epic The Odyssey don't think of Penelope as a hero at all. Well according to the Oxford dictionaries a hero is a person who is admired or ideas for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. Penelope without doubt possesses noble qualities such as intelligence, patience, and loyalty Penelope herself has a heroic stature. Penelope is the wife of Odysseus the protagonist this is a fact because in the Odyssey translated by Allen Mandelbaum, it states

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    Penelope: In the opening chapters of The Odyssey Penelope is angry, frustrated, and helpless. She misses her husband, Odysseus. She worries about the safety of her son, Telemakhos. Her house is overrun with arrogant men who are making love to her servants and eating her out of house and home, all the while saying that they are courting her. She doesn't want to marry any of them, and their rude behavior can hardly be called proper courtship. She has wealth and position; she has beauty and intelligence;

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    In the Odyssey, written by Homer, there are many prominent female characters. Of these characters, Penelope is my favorite. She is my favorite because she held her ground while Odysseus was gone. She made it clear that she was not ready to move on. Penelope was faithful to her husband while he was at war, even when faced with the temptation of her many suitors. She used her intelligence to trick the suitors. All women should be faithful and strong-willed like Penelope. When Odysseus is at war, Penelope

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    In Homer’s Odyssey, we see a small side of Penelope as she greets her husband Odysseus after his return from his 20-year long journey; she is sweet and gentle, treating him as if he left for a day. In T.H.S. Wallace’s “So the Old Beggar with Bow Can Shoot Straight as Death” and Dorothy Parker’s “Penelope”, Penelope is transformed from a gentle woman into a harsher one. In The Odyssey, Penelope is described as a somber lady that misses her husband dearly. In the poems, however, she is depicted in

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    that ladies have been ignored in our reality for quite a long time. The irrelevance of ladies was a piece of Greek life that isn't lofty or ethereal. In the epic lyric The Odyssey by Homer, Penelope forms into her own particular character amid a period where ladies are prized as belonging more than individuals. Homer makes Penelope into her own particular individual and not only an expansion to her significant other by his long nonattendance and the inconveniences she should look without anyone else

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    In the classic, The Odyssey, the male and female expectations for the Greeks are mentioned. Homer and modern day people have very different opinions on what values the perfect man or woman are obliged to fulfill. Odysseus and Penelope had desirable traits and together they were the image of perfection. Today, Odysseus would have been disgraced for his values and Penelope would have been praised for her weaknesses then. Although Odysseus and Penelope were the ideal man and woman in their time, many

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