At two different parts in the novel the symbolic eagle is mentioned which may guide us to believe that her intuition knew she had recognized Odysseus and that he had returned to kill the suitors. She mentioned that she has twenty geese which she enjoys to watch outside of her house, and in her dream the eagle flew down and killed all of them. The eagle spoke to her in a human voice and said “This is no dream, but a blessing real as day. You will see it done. These geese are the suitors, and I, the eagle, have been a bird of portent, but now I am your own husband, come home, and I shall inflict shameless destruction of the suitors.” (P 296) At the description of her dream to Odysseus she had almost known that her dream would actually come true and that Odysseus was the eagle like she was told. What had been said to her in past dreams had come true and when the suitors had been discussing Telemachus’ death is when an eagle had flown past them. This ...
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When the bow had been brought before the suitors it had been Athene who had put the thought in her mind to retrieve it. “Athene, put in the mind of the daughter of Ikarios, circumspect Penelope, to set the bow before the suitors, and the gray iron, in the house of Odysseus: the contest, the beginning of the slaughter.” (P. 309) Although Penelope had already proposed having the competition it was a god who had brought her to go through with it. She could have changed her mind and decided not to hold the competition but Athene nudged her into going through with it. In this situation one may say that it had actually been Athene who had been the help in allowing for the slaying of the suitors. Through Athene orchestrating the situation it had taken the possibility of the competition not happening out of the realm of what was possible.
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