Unlike Helen who forsakes her husband, Penelope remains faithful. Unlike Clytemnestra who assassinates her husband, Penelope patiently waits for Odysseus. She becomes a model of female patience and of female intelligence. Her craftiness is the only one which can match up to Odysseus’. The Odyssey presents a wide array of women and demonstrates the influence that women have in the life of a hero.
Women of the Epics In Homer's epics women were very respected by journey and warrior men. The women were looked upon as beautiful, nurturing human beings. The mortal women in Homer's "Iliad" were mostly known for being faithful wives and very giving mothers. These women care for their children, such as Odysseus's mother did, when he was in great need of confidence and reassurance. After the death of Odysseus's mother, she returned as a shade from the underworld to tell Odysseus, "Your wife weeps for your return as she lives in your house with a loyal heart, and your son has kept your kingdom whole.
The Greeks regarded the Iliad as a source of ancient wisdom about how human beings should live. The varied female characters in Iliad clearly reflects the influence of the story on the Greek society, and the society’s perspective towards women as well. Firstly, the two women that Homer introduces the readers, Chryseis and Briseis, belongs to Agamemnon and Achilles respectively. The story of Iliad begins with Greeks suffering due to the plague from the wrath of Apollo, after Agamemnon denied Chryses’ plea to return his daughter, Chryseis for ransom. As Agamemnon claims that he ranked her higher than his wife Clytemnestra, the poet’s view on an ideal women is revealed: “she’s nothing less / in build, breeding, in mind or works of hand” (Iliad, Homer, B. I, p. 81, 133-134).
This proves that Athena is a great women throughout the book, and used her goddess powers to help Odysseus to return home safely. Women did play a huge role in getting Odysseus back home and returning things back to its rightful place. Penelope, Eurykleia, and Athena all show that a woman’s role is the motivation for the hero to get things done. Penelope’s love for Odysseus made him always remember that he has someone back at home waiting for him, Eurykleia’s trust gives Odysseus the time to finish a task before he starts with another, and Athena’s powers has give Odysseus to be alive and fight for his people, his
The Theme of Women in The Odyssey by Homer In the Homer's epic poem the Odyssey, there are many themes that serve to make a comment about the meanings of the story. The theme of women in the poem serves to make these comments but also establishes a point of view on women in the reader. From this point of view, a perspective is developed into the "best" and "worst" in women. Achievement of this is through the characterization of many women with single notable evil qualities. Similar to the biblical story of Adam and Eve, Eve like the many women in the Odyssey brings about pain and suffering for mankind.
The survival of Ismene displays how abiding by the laws may be beneficial for survival but can also strip away one’s happiness. Antigone, on the other hand, is strong and determined but these fatal qualities lead to her own death. One sister is tough and stubborn while the other appears to be more submissive. The dynamics between these two different women provides a deeper insight into their morality. This ongoing battle on whether to obey the authority or go against them is still a capricious topic which is exhibited in modern-day society.
Emilia is a minor but necessary character in Shakespeare’s Othello. She battles playing the role of a loyal wife and caretaker, while possessing inner strength to rebel against society and man’s invisible reign on woman. Emilia is a wife to Iago, a caretaker to Desdemona but most importantly she is a lady of potency and character. Through these qualities Emilia unwillingly follows her wifely obligations to Iago, but additionally develops a strong relationship with Desdemona. This connection between the two women, allows Emilia to hold Shakespeare’s key to the entire tragic plot.
Furthermore, Odysseus’s wife, Penelope is portrayed as very clever and loyal. While her husband is gone for several years, many men try to marry her, but she stays faithful to her husband because she still believes he will come back. Penelope is also a smart woman, which is not typical in Classical Athens: she told the suitors she
Unlike Helen who forsakes her husband, Penelope remains faithful. Unlike Clytemnestra who assassinates her husband, Penelope patiently waits for Odysseus. She becomes a model of female patience and of female intelligence. Her craftiness is the only one which can match up to Odysseus’. The Odyssey presents a wide array of women and demonstrates the influence that women have in the life of a
Many examples in the play prove that Antigone's character is very capable of making her own decisions in the name of justice. First, Antigone opposes Creon's law and buries her slain brother; because in her mind it was immoral not to. She does this because she is compassionate and loves her brother very much. Creon, however, believes that his laws must be upheld and would do anything to prevent any type rebelling. He is even more infuriated when he learns that a woman has broken his laws.