Odyssey Penelope Essay

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  • Penelope In Homer's The Odyssey : Penelope As A Hero

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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

  • Examples Of Penelope In The Odyssey

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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

  • The Importance Of Penelope In The Odyssey

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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

  • Penelope in The Odyssey Essay

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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;

  • How Is Penelope A Clever In The Odyssey

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    Is she clever? In the Odyssey women are portrayed in a very positive manner for the most part. Homer really proves this by portraying Penelope as very clever, showing that we can trust her. Some scenes that show this is when Penelope is weaving the burial shroud. Another example he uses is tricking the suitors to shower her with presents. Even the scene where Penelope will not speech to Odysseus until he proves that it is really him. All of these scenes show how Penelope has thought things out so

  • The Role Of Penelope In Homer's Odyssey

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    Throughout Homer’s the Odyssey, Penelope is depicted as a faithful and clever woman, revealing that the women of ancient Greece played a crucial role in affairs and in their own lives, yet were still regarded as inferior. Despite not seeing or hearing from Odysseus in nearly twenty years, and being pressured for years to remarry one of many young suitors, Penelope remains faithful to Odysseus for twenty years. Penelope’s son, Telemachus, explained to Athena, “For now the lords of the islands … are

  • Gender Roles Of Odysseus And Penelope In Homer's Odyssey

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    overall, there is much work that has yet to be done, and people must continue to strive for equality in order to eliminate unhealthy relationships like that of Odysseus and Penelope in Homer’s Odyssey. The epic poem explores Odysseus’ unnecessarily long journey home after helping Greece win the Trojan War while his wife Penelope waits for him in Ithaca. The contrast between Penelope’s faithfulness at home and how Odysseus often strays from his path of return, in many cases by being unfaithful to his

  • The Strong Character of Penelope in Homer's Odyssey Essay

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    The Strong Character of Penelope in Homer's Odyssey   Homer's Odyssey is a story of the homecoming of Odysseus after the Trojan War.  Odysseus left his wife, Penelope, and their young son, Telemachos, almost twenty years before the telling of this story to fight in the Trojan War.  His absence places Penelope in a rather precarious position.  Faced with many different circumstances, both good and bad, Penelope is on her own to decide the path she wishes to take.  Depending on her decisions

  • Essay on Role of Penelope in Homer's Odyssey

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    The Role of Penelope in Homer's Odyssey The character of Penelope in Homer's Odyssey has served as an archetype of femininity proper. Her physical attributes, while comely by even the most demanding standards, are veiled. Her intellectual attributes are veiled too. She seems more often than not to wear a veil of tears (for her man) or a veil of silence (for her own wishes), or ineptitude (in her dealings with her son). She is certainly no Helen. She is not flaunting or whore-ish. She is not

  • Odysseus Wife And Penelope In Homer's Odyssey

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    Odysseus Wife, Penelope was a very important character in The Odyssey. Odysseus left for the Trojan War leaving behind his loving wife and newborn son named Telemachus. Penelope had to learn to survive with the circumstances of being the Queen of Ithaca and being left with all the money and power to uphold until Odysseus, The King of Ithaca returned. Her bravery and wisdom help her stay strong and overcome the obstacles that she had to face while her husband was away. The only hope that she had staying