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Analysis Of Penelope 's ' The Odyssey '

- ... In the Quote one is able to notice that Penelope is trying to get a spark out of her son, to see how he would reply to her after having found out that her husband is said to be on the island from the god Theoclymenus. Penelope realizes that her son said that he did not speak to Odysseus but she senses that her son may be lying to her. Moments after Penelope voiced how she wished for her husband to be home her son “shock with a lusty sneeze like a thunderclap resounding up and down the halls” (17.602-03)....   [tags: Odyssey, Trojan War, Odysseus, Telemachus]

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Free Essays on Homer's Odyssey: Penelope's Enduring Faithfulness

- Penelope's Enduring Faithfulness in Homer's Odyssey Penelope, the wife of Odysseus, can be contrasted in various ways to the other characters in Homer's poem The Odyssey. In many ways, Penelope embodies the "ideal" woman, in that she conforms to the values and ideals of her society. These ideals include faithfulness, loyalty, willpower, long-suffering, pride in one's home and family, and hospitality to strangers. The majority of the other characters in the poem lack one or more of these attributes....   [tags: Odyssey essays]

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Free Essay on Homer's Odyssey: Penelope and Odysseus

- Homer's Odyssey: Penelope and Odysseus Homer revealed the characters' inner thoughts to add to the suspense that builds up in books 19 and 20 of The Odyssey. Some question whether Odysseus was recognized by Penelope and if this helped to build up the intensity of the story. Joseph Russo mentioned this topic in "Interview and Aftermath: Dream, Fantasy and Intuition in Odyssey 19 & 20." The lies told by Odysseus also increased the excitement of The Odyssey. Russo believed that Penelope, in her subconscious, did recognize Odysseus disguised as a beggar....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays]

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The Role of Penelope in Homer's Odyssey

-   Odysseus's wife, Penelope plays a very important role in Homer's Odyssey.  She provides the motivation for Odysseus's return to Ithaca.  She is also the center of the plot involving the suitors and the fate of Telemakos and Ithaca itself.  The objective of this essay is to analyze the important role of Penelope in Odyssey.              Penelope is the reason for Odysseus's return to Ithaca.  He is driven throughout his entire journey to go back and see his wife.  He turns down immortality with the beautiful Kalypso to return home:                         "My lady goddess, here is no cause for anger.                          My quiet Penelope-how well I know-                    ...   [tags: Odyssey essays]

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Penelope in The Odyssey

- 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; most of all she has loyalty to her husband....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Character of Penelope in Homer's Odyssey

- The Character of Penelope in The Odyssey "My lady, there is no man in the wide world who could find fault with you. For your fame has reached broad heaven itself, like that of some illustrious king."(Page 289,Book 19, The Odyssey) Penelope played one of the most vital roles in Homer's timeless classic ‘The Odyssey’, as both Odysseus's patient and loving wife and as the Queen of Ithaca. Her great love for Odysseus is most powerfully shown with her persistence in waiting nineteen years for her husband to return over the ‘wine dark sea’ rather than losing all hope and marrying another....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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Importance of Penelope in Homer's Odyssey

-   Odysseus's wife, Penelope plays a crucial role in Homer's ‘The Odyssey’, with not only providing the motivation for Odysseus's return to Ithaca, but she is also the center of the plot involving the suitors and the fate of Telemakos and Ithaca itself.  Therefore the objective of this essay is to analyze the importance of Penelope’s role in ‘The Odyssey’.  As aforementioned Penelope is the main reason for Odysseus's return to Ithaca, as well as wanting to be united with his son Telemakos.  He is driven throughout his entire journey to go back and see his wife.  Odyssey even goes as far to turn down the gift immortality with the beautiful Calypso in order to continue with journey home:...   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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Role of Penelope in Homer's Odyssey

- 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 unconcerned with the needs of others, nor flippant about marital bonds, nor the loyalty of her heart....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays]

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Strong Penelope of Homer's Odyssey

- The Strong Penelope of The Odyssey "My lady, there is no man in the wide world who could find fault with you. For your fame has reached broad heaven itself, like that of some illustrious king."(Page 289,Book 19) In Homer's epic, The Odyssey, Odysseus is an epic hero with an epic wife, Penelope. Penelope is also the Queen of Ithaca, a vital role indeed. Penelope's love and devotion towards Odysseus is proven when she waits nineteen years for her husband to return from the wine dark sea, rather than losing faith and marrying another man....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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Analysis Of ' Homer 's ' The Odyssey '

- Everyone is strong in their individual ways. In Homer’s the Odyssey, the main characters, Odysseys and Penelope, go through trials and have their own way of dealing with them. When I mentioned everyone that includes myself. I use my strengths to overcome challenges just like Odysseys and Penelope. With my strengths of empathy, adaptability, and positivity, I work through problems and trials that stand in my way, similarly Odysseys and Penelope has similar and different ways of dealing with their obstacles....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Optimism, Penelope]

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The Odyssey And The Color Purple

- ... We hear about their beauty, their important sons, or their affairs with gods but we hear nothing about these women 's accomplishments in their lifetime. The Color Purple falls upon feminism due to underlining the differences between Celie, the ugly one, Nettie, the pretty one, and Shug, the seductress. Nettie was wanted by Mister because she was beautiful, her father wanted to get rid of Celie because she was the ugly, spoiled one. Celie believes she is ugly until Shug forces her to face her beauty, her smile, and her strength but still the Mister wanted to get rid of her....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Penelope, Telemachus]

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The Odyssey : The Feminine Touch

- Argumentative Essay The Odyssey "The Feminine Touch" The Odyssey is an epic about how Ulysses, the King of Ithaca makes a quest to return home after the Trojan War. Along the way, he encounters a several of obstacles and it takes him twenty years to get home. However, what readers fail to realize is how big of a role women play I this epic. In The Odyssey, women are important because they provide a guidance, a sense of hope, and reasoning to Ulysses. While, Ulysses may be the hero of the story who achieves his Kleos, but the real heroes are the once that go unnoticed....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Penelope, Marriage]

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The Odyssey By Homer 's Odyssey

- The Odyssey A hero is defined as “a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal.” Homer’s epic, The Odyssey, is mostly focused on pivotal roles like leadership, courage and, patriarchy. Throughout history we notice how male dominance takes place within a society. This is called patriarchy, which is a form of social organization in which the father or oldest male is the head of the family, and descent and relationship are reckoned through the male line; government or rule by a man or men.(OED) That is portrayed in the Odyssey through the actions of the protagonist Odysseus, his journey to get back home, his...   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Penelope]

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Penelope and Odysseus of Homer's Odyssey

- Penelope and Odysseus of Homer's Odyssey Penelope and Odysseus, being kin spirits, soul mates, and a great husband and wife in their own right, are very much alike. They have many of the same qualities. Both Penelope and Odysseus are very quick thinking and cunning. Odysseus, for example, devises the plan to get the Cyclops to drink the wine so the crew could stab him in the eye. Another example of Odysseus' cunning is his elaborate plan to massacre the suitors. Odysseus orders that all the weapons be taken out of the room where the arrow contest was being held, then that the women of the household to be locked in their rooms, as to not interfere, then for the doors to be l...   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays]

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The Odyssey : My Mother

- ... The crew members got greedy and believed it was more than just wind so the crew members decided to open the bag causing for their destination to be modified. My mother on the other hand did not encounter the same experience, however, she is determined to provide my sister and I with an ameliorating lifestyle than what she had as a child. My mother having grown up in a poor environment, wanting to get out of that lifestyle, she set a goal to enhance her children 's life. My mom wanting to achieve her goal assures that my sister and I have all things necessary to be successful....   [tags: Odysseus, Odyssey, Circe, Penelope]

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Analysis Of ' The Odyssey '

- ... “He [Antínoös] reached under the table for the footstool his shiny feet had rested on—And this he held up so that all could see his gift” (Homer 324) By calling the footstool Antiínoös throws at Odysseus a “gift,” shows some of the terms of xenia—The trading of gifts and favors in order to create a special bond with a guest. Compared to the Phaiákians or Nestor and his sons, the suitors’ pitiful “attempts” at xenia are so horrible, that the reader does not see them as attempts at all. Another reason that hospitality is so important in The Odyssey, is it shows how the fear of the gods affects the decisions of the characters....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Penelope]

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The Odyssey By Homer 's Odyssey

- In the Odyssey, the experiences Odysseus faced were caused and influenced by a certain amount of woman who some could say controlled his life. Odysseus’ wife Penelope was always the woman in his heart even though he travelled to many different lands and was offered immortality, wealth or amazing sex he turned them all down in hopes of one day returning to his one true love. Through all his troubles he spent in a total of 10 years lost at sea not including the 10 years due to the Trojan War, he spent 7 with the lustrous Calypso, encountered the godlike beauty Nausicaa and spent another year with the bewitching enchantress Circe....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Greek mythology, Penelope]

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The Odyssey And Monkey By Homer

- A home is a place where one lives. In The Odyssey, home is a physical places where one dwells. For Odysseus, his dwelling was in Ithaca, it is where he resides and where the people he care for work and live. His home is a physical place where he has always lived. In Monkey, home is not where the companions were born or raised, but it is where they end up. Each of the companions have a physical home, but they leave them for the journey. When the journey ends they do not return to their original home, but go to the new home they were given....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Ithaca, Penelope]

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The Strong Character of Penelope in Homer's Odyssey

- 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, the situations could either be filled with wonderful opportunities or perilous dangers....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays]

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Analysis Of Homer 's Book ' Five Of The Odyssey '

- ... Even a god could not help being charmed with such a lovely spot, so Mercury stood still and looked at it; but when he had admired it sufficiently he went inside the cave.” In this quote from the book, it gives a good example of the persistence that Odysseus has for his family. It tells us that he was living with Calypso who was full of love for Odysseus and that her living atmosphere was enough to charm even a god. Odysseus was only a man; he resisted the charm enough to long to see his family again....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Penelope, Marriage]

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Odyssey '

- Violence in The Odyssey Violence in literature may take any form, whether it be natural disaster like and earthquake or a human based disaster like war (Campbell). In Homer’s The Odyssey both types are found… whether it’s Odysseus’s hardships like making it home or dealing with the wrath of the god Poseidon. Every violent scene has its own reasons, some are more reasonable than others. For instance, the gods were angered by the disobedience of the mortals. This is more reasonable than the killing of the Cyclops....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Penelope]

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The Role of Penelope in The Odyssey

- The Role of Penelope in The Odyssey The character of Penelope in Homer's Odyssey reflects the faithful wife who waits twenty years for the arrival of her husband. Only a strong woman could sustain the stress, anxiety and confusion resulting from the chaos of a palace with a missing king whose fate is unknown. Her responsibilities and commitments toward the man she loves are particularly difficult to keep, under the strain of the situation. Although she does not actively pursue an effort to find him, her participation in the success of Odysseus' homecoming can be seen in her efforts to defend and protect the heritage, reputation and the House of Odysseus in his absence....   [tags: Papers]

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The Odyssey, And Much Ado About Nothing By William Shakespeare

- Obviously, men, and women are the most common kinds of people on Earth. There always seems to be a push, and pull, a give and take going on between them–yet, not always a coordinated, positive kind. The fact of the matter is that men and women were made to be imperfect (because we are all human) complements for one another, but as human beings, men and women oftentimes struggle to match up, and see eye to eye. The Odyssey by Homer, and Much Ado about Nothing by William Shakespeare search what makes men and women great for each other, and the struggles that they face in trying to make the best of one another–and the disappointments they encounter from falling short of that task....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Penelope]

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Disagreement between Telemachus and Penelope in The Odyssey

- Disagreement between Telemachus and Penelope in The Odyssey The disagreement between Telemachus and Penelope arises from differing opinions on the entertainment of Phemius. Phemius is singing the tale of the Greek warriors of Troy and their homecomings when Penelope descends from her chambers to protest this choice of music. She scolds him, and orders him to stop because he has reminded her of Odysseus, who's long lost at sea. Telemachus rebukes his mother by protesting that the bard has the right to sing anything he wishes....   [tags: Free Essays]

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Penelope, Clytaemestra, Athena, and Helen of Homer’s Odyssey

- The Ideal Women of Homer’s Odyssey      Ancient Greek society treated women as secondary citizens. Restrictions were placed on the social and domestic actions of many aristocratic women in ancient Athens.  The women depicted in Homer's Odyssey, on the other hand, are the ideal.  Penelope, Clytaemestra, Athena, and Helen are all women with exceptional liberty and power.              Before comparing the women of the Odyssey to those of Athens, it is beneficial to take a look into the lives of the latter.  A respected woman was to have characteristics including obedience, virtue, refinement, productivity, honor, beauty, talent and intelligence (social consciousness).  Sarah B....   [tags: Odyssey essays]

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Is Odysseus Truly Loyal?

- ... Athena is pleading to the gods to let Odysseus go, but it is not very evident he wants to because he sleeps with her in her cave (Homer 5 171). This is not loyal because he is sleeping with another person and he is not going home to his family. Odysseus is recalling the time when he and his crew went to the Cicones and took their stuff and slept with their wives: “So no one, not one my account, / would be deprived of his fair share of spoils”(Homer 9 49-50). This is proving how disloyal Odysseus is because yet again, he sleeps with another woman....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Penelope, Telemachus]

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Understanding A Story Requires More Than Just Reading Words And Matching Them With A General Definition

- Understanding a story requires more than just reading words and matching them with a general definition. One needs the ability to comprehend the themes by carefully reading between the lines. The concept of xenia is displayed numerous times throughout The Odyssey. Xenia is a type of hospitality that many of the Greeks found necessary to abide by. As Carly said in her description of xenia, it "describes guest-friendship as a sort of custom of the home." In order to fully grasp the idea of the book, one must understand this Greek hospitality and the significance it served to many Greeks during this era....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Telemachus, Penelope]

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Comparing Odysseus And Thor ( Film )

- Throughout history the themes of literature has stayed relatively the same; the situations have been updated to appeal to a modern audience. One common trait in great movies and literature is the presence of a heroic figure. Odysseus can be classified as a hero, because he departed from his home Ithaca the day his son Telemachus was born and leaving his wife Penelope to fight in the Trogon war. Odysseus starts out his journey with six hundred crewmen and twelve ships. Through a series of unfortunate events Odysseus looses all his ships and crewmen....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Penelope, Hero]

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Analysis of Penelope as Moral Agent in Homer’s Odyssey

- In her essay "Penelope as Moral Agent," Helene Foley attempts to discuss Penelope, a major character in Homer's the Odyssey, in terms of Classical Athenian portrayals of women and, as her title suggests, in terms of what she calls a "moral agent." In her introductory paragraph she lays out guidelines as set down by Aristotle and his contemporaries that constitute a moral agent: the character must make an ethical and moral decision "on which the actions turns...without critical knowledge of the circumstances" (Foley 93)....   [tags: Helene Foley]

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Penelope, By Penelope And The Loyal Wife

- Penelope, in Homer’s The Odyssey, fills both the role of the seductress and the loyal wife. This paradox is evident through her relationship with her suitors and her husband, Odysseus. Penelope entices her suitors in case she has to remarry in the future and also she inveigles them into giving her gifts. Penelope simultaneously distances herself from the suitors, delaying them while she waits for her husband to return home. Penelope uses her sexuality, the way that she sensually presents her body and her femininity, to manipulate men’s attraction to her....   [tags: Odyssey, Marriage, Odysseus, Homer]

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Penelope, Clever Wife of Odysseus

- ... Penelope also sends notes to each of the suitors with promises to marry soon. By continually telling the suitors each different times that she will finally marry one of the suitors, Penelope, again, delays the rage of the suitors. She tells them that Odysseus once told her that if he were not to return from the war she was to marry once Telemakhos was capable of growing a beard. Penelope forges the Test of the Bow to test the suitors, promising that she would marry the man who is able to pass this test....   [tags: The Odyssey by Homer, character analysis]

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Women in Greek Stories: The Odyssey by Homer

- ... In Euripides’ “Medea,” the character Medea serves as heroine, antagonist, and victim. Medea was married to the famous Greek hero, Jason, whom she left her homeland to live with. After bearing two children, Jason betrayed his vows to Medea, and married the princess of Corinth. In her grief, Medea plots to torture Jason and cause him as much pain as possible, even killing her own children to hurt him. The events that take place before the play serve to establish Medea as a heroine and victim. Medea is a hero when she kills her evil family to escape to Greece with Jason....   [tags: penelope, ancient greece]

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The Connection Between Odysseus And Penelope

- Marriage is a commitment taken by two people to love and honor each other for life. however, what happens when a husband and wife have been separated by unforeseen circumstances. In Homer’s “The Odyssey” Odysseus is unable to return home after Poseidon send him off course. Odysseus is then separated from his wife for over ten years. While gone, Odysseus commits adultery with other women during his marriage to Penelope. Therefore, is there a connection between Odysseus and Penelope’s marriage in today’s society....   [tags: Marriage, Adultery, Trojan War, Odyssey]

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Penelope and Alcestis as Ideal Greek Females

- Penelope of the Odyssey and Alcestis of Alcestis as Ideal Greek Females    Although there is some disagreement concerning the Greek’s definition of the ideal female, there is little disagreement that two women represented this Greek ideal. The character of Penelope of Homer's Odyssey 1 and Alcestis of Euripides' Alcestis 2, came to represent the same ideal of female excellence. The Greeks referred to this ideal female as a sophron woman. The qualities possessed by a sophron woman are tangible; she is a good housekeeper, a nurturer of her husband, a child-bearer....   [tags: Homer's Odyssey Euripides' Alcestis]

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Penelope's Recognition of Odysseus as a Beggar

- In Homer's epic The Odyssey, Odysseus returns to the island of Ithaka disguised as a beggar. He reveals his real identity to his son, Telemakhos, as well as a few others who he would need to help kill the suitors. However, Odysseus does not reveal himself to his wife, Penelope. She recognizes the beggar as her long lost husband and chooses not to unveil his true identity. Penelope does this because she realized that her husband would be in danger, in his current surroundings, if she was to reveal who he really was....   [tags: World Literature Homer Odyssey]

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Homer 's Odyssey : The Odyssey

- The Odyssey, an ancient Greek epic poem attributed to Homer, relates to Odysseus’s journey back to Ithaca.1 In the poem Odysseus has had some bad luck getting home, with some of the gods helping him and some hindering him; his journey towards home is a constant struggle. Throughout the epic Homer portrays diverse relationships in Odysseus’s journey. Odysseus experiences a lot of inconsistent emotions; a lot of this is attributed to the physical and mental hell he goes through on this remarkable voyage....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Homer, Epic poetry]

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The Odyssey, By The Goddess

- In The Odyssey, the goddess Calypso offers Odysseus immortality so that he would stay with her and not leave in pursuit of his family. The question being raised is, “If I, like Odysseus, was given the choice, would I choose to remain human. Why or why not?” This question is incredibly complex. Part of the decision would be the immortality issue. Would I like to live forever and not age or live a normal mortal life. To look at it fully, I have to look at all of its parts. To say “like Odysseus” is to say that I have family that I am trying to return to, a wife and a son, and not to mention an entire island that is mine....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Scylla, Love]

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Analysis Of ' The Odyssey '

- ... Despite having been discovered, Penelope’s ruse had successfully stalled the suitors for three - almost four - years. This would not be the last time she used her guile to delude the advances of her suitors. Nearing the end of the work Penelope proposes a challenge to these men, that who ever had the ability to string her husband’s bow and shoot the arrow through twelve axe sockets in line would be worthy to marry her. “ ‘ Suppose this exile put his back into it / and drew the great bow of Odysseus - / could he then take me home to be his bride?’ ” (21.354-356)....   [tags: Odyssey, Trojan War, Marriage, Homer]

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The Odyssey, by Homer

- Homer’s Odyssey was written around 700 BC. During this time there was major social and economic change, which brought the development of new cities, as well as new laws to govern them. Political rights and citizenship in Greek society truly defined the roles of women in this time period. All of the laws governing the population of Greece were not only written by men, but also enforced by men. Homer’s Odyssey is the product of a society in which men played the dominant role. Women were held at a very low status compared to men....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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Women in The Odyssey

- Women play an influential role in The Odyssey. Women appear throughout the story, as goddesses, wives, princesses, or servants. The nymph Calypso enslaves Odysseus for many years. Odysseus desires to reach home and his wife Penelope. It is the goddess Athena who sets the action of The Odyssey rolling; she also guides and orchestrates everything to Odysseus’ good. Women in The Odyssey are divided into two classes: seductresses and helpmeets. By doing so, Homer demonstrates that women have the power to either hinder of help men....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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The Iliad And The Odyssey

- ... These men have come to Penelope’s home in order to force her into a marriage but she welcomes them, feeds them, and gives them a place to stay. Her generosity is again later displayed when a stranger with news of Odysseus enters her house. “But come, women, wash the stranger and make his bed/…bathe him and rub him down with oil/, so he can sit beside Telemachus in the hall, enjoy his breakfast there” (401 L 364, 369). She gave this stranger the ultimate welcoming gift by sitting him next to her son, the prince....   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, Odysseus, Odyssey]

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Loyalty as Defined in the Odyssey

- Loyalty, as defined in the Odyssey seems to be the constant devotion to someone, the hopefully longing of their return and victory. Homer seems to value loyalty over many of the other human traits, as Eumaeus gets not only Homer’s famous “you” but his own book as well. The swineherd is not the only character that Homer uses to show loyalty, Penelope and Telemachus show unyielding faithfulness to Odysseus throughout the epic poem; as do many other characters even gods. Homer demonstrates the value he places on loyalty through the use of these characters with their devotion to Odysseus....   [tags: Loyalty, Odyssey, ]

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Role of Women in the Odyssey

- “A woman cannot be herself in the society of the present day, which is an exclusively masculine society, with laws framed by men and with a judicial system that judges feminine conduct from a masculine point of view” (Ibsen). This saying also applied to the times of the Odyssey, an epic constructed by the blind, eight century B.C.E. poet, Homer. As one of the few representatives of ancient Greek social order, the blind, Homer witnessed women as substandard to men, regardless of their actions; many of them existed as seductresses, prostitutes, or slaves....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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The Odyssey And Hymn Of Demeter

- ... Penelope’s steadfast love to Odysseus is probably the reason why she can wait for her husband in such a long time. Someone may argue that Calypso is also like Penelope and Demeter because Calypso also shows her love to Odysseus. However, Calypso’s “love” is more like sexual desire. Calypso holds Odysseus on her island for sever year, and “in the night, true, [Odysseus] would sleep with her in the arching cave - he had no choice - unwilling lover alongside lover all too willing…” (Odyssey 5, 170-172)....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Marriage, Greek mythology]

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Female Characters Of ' The Odyssey '

- In the era of Homer, women played a very specific role in society, and even in literature. Women of this time were basically put in a box, and expected to never step out of line. If they did go against the arbitration of men, then they were faced with serious consequences. However, female characters play a huge role in both aiding, and delaying Odysseus’s journey home. I will proceed to analyze, and interpret the actions and intentions of every major female character in The Odyssey. The first major female character that is introduced in this epic is Penelope....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Athena, Greek mythology]

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Odyssey '

- ... The sense of dramatic irony here suggests that readers know Odysseus’s concern with Penelope’s innocence amidst his absence; yet his war tactics corrupt that of his own. As he recalls this event to the Phaecians, Odysseus says to Circe “’I mount no bed of love with you upon it. / Or swear me first a great oath, if I do, / you’ll work no more enchantment to my harm.’” (Homer 10.385-87). The deal he makes in order to protect himself and his men signifies that his disloyalty to Penelope is the only path he can take in order to reclaim Ithaca....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Marriage, Trojan War]

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Analysis Of Homer 's The Odyssey

- Although Homer’s The Odyssey is a tale of Odysseus’s heroic quest to return to Ithaca, the women in it play an equal, if not more important role. The saying “behind every great man is an even greater woman” rings true throughout The Odyssey. In Ancient Greek culture, one’s glory is based off of the geras they acquire; for men that glory included women. In Penelope, Odysseus found the perfect match, both intellectually and hospitably; she is clever, cunning and faithful. Penelope, along with other mortal and immortal women such as Athena, challenge the view of women during this time because Homer presented Penelope as a strong woman rather than the submissive character she is expected to be....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Iliad]

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Cultural Values Of Homer 's Odyssey

- ... This includes frequent inclusion of asides in the text. Penelope, and the Twelve Maids, can then express their feelings, hidden in the original, in “imaginary space outside cultural constraints” (Khalid & Tabassum 19). This allows for women in Homeric culture to be finally “heard” as well as seen in the narrative (Nunes 238). As a result, the conventional faithful wife is replaced with a “woman with conflicting desires and impulses” (Neethling 127). This can be considered a challenge of one of the major cultural values of the text....   [tags: Odysseus, Odyssey, Narrator, Homer]

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The Odyssey By Homer, By Robert Fitzgerald

- ... Unable to return home for two decades and stranded in the unknown, Odysseus and the remains of his crew wandered about the islands until he encountered Scylla a monster, and his ship was scattered and in ruins. Even when his ship was wrecked, he still paddled to shore, which shows that he was still hopeful and persevering. Coincidentally, the Gods then made it so Odysseus would be taken care for on Ogygia, an island where a dangerous nymph, Calypso lived. There, she gave him hospitality and he was imprisoned there for seven years, until the gods decided that the time was right for his return home....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Marriage, Trojan War]

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The Women Characters Of Homer 's Odyssey

- ... She sets Telemachos in motion when she visits Ithaka, telling him to go seek news of his father from Nestor and Menelaos. As a divinity, she has the power of transformation, so she very logically disguises herself as a man, Mentes, to visit the house of Odysseus and urge Telemachos to depart. She instructs him in his preparations for the voyage, and shames him for tolerating the suitors: "How insolently they seem to swagger about in their feasting/ all through the house. A serious man who came in among them/could well be scandalized, seeing much disgraceful behavior." (p....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Athena, Homer]

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The Odyssey Of Homer And Medea

- ... She wept every day, despite each day feeling as long as eternity, hoping that he will one day return home. Many of the suitors wanted to marry Penelope in order to take Odysseus’ place to gain power, however, she knew the suitors’ intentions. While the suitors were fighting for her hand in marriage, she tells Eurynome, her housekeeper, “Mother, they are all hateful, since all are devising evils, but Antinoos, beyond the rest, is like black death.” (The Odyssey of Homer 17.499-500) Penelope knew something needed to be done in order to save herself and her son Telemachos from the evilness of the suitors....   [tags: Odyssey, Marriage, Greek mythology, Trojan War]

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Odysseus' Desire For Glory in The Odyssey, Homer

- Odysseus displays his desire for glory through his careless actions during his encounter with the Cyclops Polyphemus. The desire for glory Odysseus displays is shown through the words he speaks to Polyphemus. He is a clever character but makes rash decisions that affect the outcome of his original goals and intentions. While Odysseus is trapped inside of the cave of the Cyclops, he begins to taunt Polyphemus. “I called back to the Cyclops, stinging taunts: So, Cyclops, no weak coward it was whose crew you bent to devour three in your vaulted cave—with your brute voice....   [tags: Homer, The Odyssey Essays]

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The Portrayal of Women in Homer's Odyssey

- Does Homer exhibit gender bias in the Odyssey?  Is the nature of woman as depicted in the Odyssey in any way revealing. Upon examining the text of the Odyssey for differential treatment on men and women, it becomes necessary to distinguish between three possible conclusions.  One, differences in treatment reflect the underlying Homeric thesis that  women are "different but equal in nature,"  Two, different treatment  of men and women in the text reflect a thesis that women are "different and unequal in nature" -- arguments about misogyny fall in here but a host of other interpretive possibilities are possible too....   [tags: The Odyssey by Homer]

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The Unheroic Traits of Odysseus in Homer's The Odyssey

- A true hero will go through immeasurable lengths to benefit not him or herself, but the people around them. Heroes are neither selfish nor uncaring. They seek every opportunity they get to help those in need. One must have also gone through the entire hero’s journey to be deemed a hero. He must start off naïve and inept and through his challenges, transform into someone worth calling a hero. Most importantly, a hero is not perfect. He must listen to other’s ideas and utilize them. However, in The Odyssey by Homer, Odysseus disrespects his crew men and the gods’ advice, lets hubris interfere with his men’s lives, and is unfaithful to his wife Penelope....   [tags: odyssey]

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Odysseus ' Identity And Its Progression Throughout The Book ' The Odyssey '

- ... The next challenge Odysseus was faced with was the cave of the Cyclops, Polyphemus the son of Poseidon. It was in the attempt to escape the Cyclops that Odysseus succumbs to his excessive arrogance, or hubris, and taunts the blind Polyphemus. After revealing his true name to the Cyclops out of pride, Odysseus seals his fate as an enemy of Poseidon and essentially makes the remainder of his journey worse for himself. After returning from Hades, the land of the dead, Odysseus is now faced with a choice: to brave either Scylla (a six-headed serpent) or Charybdis (a huge whirlpool)....   [tags: Odyssey, Trojan War, Homer, Odysseus]

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Jourody Journey of Life in Homer's Odyssey

- Journey of Life in The Odyssey In the ultimate story of love and hate one man was torn between two lives as he watched the shores of the mighty world get swept away in a swift act of fate.  With only destiny on his side to return home, he pushed on and tried to leave the life he had lived for so long.  In order to achieve his destiny Odysseus had to first achieve loyalty, overcome temptation, and take revenge upon his enemies.  Plagued by constant attacks of self-doubt and reinforced by guile, Odysseus conquered what became to be known as a one of the greatest odyssey’s ever written....   [tags: Odyssey essays]

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Feminine Psyche in The Odyssey

- Feminine Psyche in The Odyssey The Odyssey has much to teach us about the feminine psyche. The feminine psyche is the way that the female mind and soul react to and process situations. Females are generally faithful, giving, and respectful to their mates. We have an insight into the feminine psyche in several things that Penelope does. The weaving and unweaving of the shroud and the test of the bed are two examples of the way Penelope thinks. She does what is thought to be her duty to her husband to resist the suitors and remain faithful and loyal to her husband....   [tags: The Odyssey Feminine Psyche Essays]

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Treatment of Women in Homer's Odyssey

- The Treatment of Women in Homer's Odyssey Judged by modern Western standards, the treatment of women by men in Homer's Odyssey can be characterized as sexist. Women in Homer's Odyssey are judged mainly by their looks. If important men and gods consider a woman beautiful, or if her son or husband is a hero or has an important position such as king, the woman is successful. The way women in The Odyssey are treated is based on appearance, the things men want from them, and whether the woman has any power over men....   [tags: Homer Odyssey womody]

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Portrayal of Women in Homer's Odyssey

- The Portrayal of Women in Homer's Odyssey In the first section of Odyssey, mortal women are presented to us as controlled by the stereotypes and expectations of the culture of the day, and it is only within that context that we can consider the examples Homer provides of women to be admired or despised. He provides us with clear contrasts, between Penelope and Eurycleia on the one hand, and Helen and Clytemnaestra on the other. In Penelope’s case, it is made clear that her freedom of action is strictly controlled....   [tags: Homer Odyssey womody]

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The Odyssey By George Clooney, John Turturro, And Helen Hunt

- I don’t think there is a better way to examine a myth in modern culture than by comparing a film of the present day to one of the oldest stories ever told that influenced it. I couldn’t think of a better way to examine myth in modern culture than by taking something from the present day and seeing how it was influenced by one of the oldest stories ever told. The Odyssey by Homer is said to have originated in oral tradition and only many years later been written down. The Odyssey dates back to 675-725 BCE as written by Homer....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Coen brothers]

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Penelope and Odysseus, Ideal for Each Other

- Prompt: Penelope is the ideal woman for Odysseus. What are some common characteristics that they share. How many couples can remain faithful to each other even when they have been separated for twenty years. In The Odyssey by Homer, Penelope overcomes numerous obstacles to wait for Odysseus’s return while he struggles to overcome the perils of his journey and return to Penelope. By overcoming these challenges, Penelope and Odysseus demonstrate their shared characteristics of loyalty and cunning that make them ideal for each other....   [tags: Loyalty, Cunning, Marriage]

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The Odyssey By Homer Is An Epic That Depicts The Life And Journey Of Greek War

- ... The ideology of Patriarchy is portrayed throughout “The Odyssey” numerous times. It is shown through the estranged relationship between Odysseus and Penelope. Over the course of 10 years Odysseus has cheated on his wife multiple times with many different women. His temptation is what has led him through these many obstacles he faced. His submission to temptation often distracts Odysseus from his journey home. Although he is weak for constantly being induced and filled with lust for women he is characterized as a brave devoted husband and father who would sacrifice anything for the one’s that he loves because uses his power of persuasion and manly charm to sleep with these women as strate...   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Athena, Woman]

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The Mythology Of The Odyssey

- ... It states how “Pallas Athena, harboring kindness for the hero, (…) came up to greet him there, for all the world like a young girl” Athena appearing in front of Odysseus, unbeknownst to him, demonstrates her dedication to his mission, and personally seeing to it that he makes it to his native land. This is in contrast to the way Athena interacts with Penelope, Odysseus’ wife. Instead of appearing to Penelope in person, similar to the way she usually does with Odysseus, Athena simply sends Penelope a dream to inform her that Telemachus shall return....   [tags: Human, God, Yahweh, Odyssey]

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Reunification in Homer's Odyssey

- Reunification in Homer's Odyssey In Homer's epic poem, the Odyssey, the main theme is the reunification of the family, as Odysseus struggles to return home and rejoin his wife and son. Throughout the Odyssey, we are shown examples of families: good ones that prosper and bad ones that do not. As Telemakhos struggles to become a man and Odysseus struggles homeward, the concept of healthy family life is stressed. At the end, when all conflicts are resolved and Odysseus is reunited with wife and son, the lesson that a united family can overcome any obstacles is shown and is one that today's families should heed....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays]

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An Analysis Of ' The Odyssey '

- ... Not only does Athena physically help the mortals, she also assisted them emotionally. Oenen noted, “Indeed, I feel that Athena is best understood as the persisting memory of Penelope inside Odysseus’ psyche. It is this memory that often counsels him, makes him change is attitude, and spurs him on in desperate situations” (224). If it were not for the consistent memory of Penelope in Odysseus’ head that Athena gave him, he would have stayed on the island with Calypso or surrendered after his rough days at sea....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Greek mythology, Telemachus]

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Penelope Of Ithaca

- Penelope of Ithaca Penelope was the daughter of Icarius, of Sparta. Her father was the brother of Tyndareus, making her a cousin to Helen of Troy, and Clytemnestra. It was during the contest for Helen's hand that Odysseus was able to wed Penelope. Odysseus knew he had little chance of winning Helen, as he was not as wealthy as some of the other suitors; he instead used his greatest asset, cunning, to secure a wife. He approached Tyndareus with the offer of a trade; in exchange for Penelope's hand, he, Odysseus, would guarantee that the choice for Helen's husband would end in peace....   [tags: Greek Mythology]

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Essay About Love in Homer's Odyssey

- Love in the Odyssey There are many essential emotions that form the building blocks of our lives.  These emotions help to shape the people that we are. These feelings are emotional necessities to ultimately keep us happy.  No piece of literature these feelings more evident than the Odyssey by Homer.  Throughout the course of this book there is one major emotional theme: love. Often times in life we search for a companion, someone to share our love and life with.  Odysseus and Penelope's lasting relationship is an obvious representation of love in the Odyssey....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays]

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The Odyssey, By Homer

- The Odyssey, by Homer, has withstood the test of time. For centuries, The Odyssey has been read to be studied, and also read to be enjoyed. This great book can be acknowledged as superior art for multiple reasons; The Odyssey is written with superior craftsmanship, it perfectly exhibits Greek literary tradition, and it holds pleasing aesthetic value. However, perhaps the principal criteria that this book meets for being superior art is that it explores numerous complexities of human nature. The first people that read The Odyssey, and the countless individuals that have poured over it in modern days can benefit from reading this inexhaustible epic because it delves into fascinating truths abo...   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Ithaca]

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Penelope: a Woman of Many Trades

- In Homer's The Odyssey, Penelope is depicted as a woman of many trades. She can be described as the "ideal" woman. She is a wife, a mother, a heroine, and a queen. She has great willpower and is very resourceful. She is loyal, hospitable, and has pride in her home and family. She can ultimately been seen as a pillar that will not crumble, no matter how hard the earth shakes. Throughout this epic, Penelope is faced with many obstacles that try and break her down. One main obstacle is that of Odysseus' absence....   [tags: Personal Essays]

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The Epic Of Gilgamesh And The Odyssey

- ... Gilgamesh and Odysseus, are both heroes that are heavily effected by their societies culture and values. According to Homer, Odysseus is highly esteemed and praised not for his physical presence, but his cunning ways of outwitting stronger opponents, clearly portraying that strength and power was not what was sought after in the greek culture, instead intelligence and quick wit were what defined Odysseus as a hero, suggesting this was an important attribute in the ancient greek culture. In addition to Gilgamesh, who enables the audience to understand the cultural values of ancient Mesopotamia, the grief and mourning Gilgamesh endures through the passing of Enkindu, suggests that compan...   [tags: Epic of Gilgamesh, Odyssey, Mesopotamia]

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Odyssey '

- ... The dream may have been Penelope’s way of acknowledging that she had known that Odysseus had returned without coming out and directly saying it. During the night of Penelope and Odysseus’ discussion as him disguised as the old man many conversations of important significance had arrived. Not only had Penelope mentioned her dream, but she also had asked Odysseus what he had been wearing the last time that he had seen him when entertained in Crete. Penelope had given him a test that would have proved most difficult for any man who may have actually seen what Odysseus had been wearing....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, KILL, Mind]

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' Odyssey '

- The goddess Athena intrigues and fascinates readers, compelling an in depth look at the role which she plays within Homers, Odyssey. Throughout the epic poem Athena is depicted as a strong leading voice who aids in helping the development of maturity within Odysseus’s son Telemachus. From persuading Telemachus to hold an assembly, debate what to do about his mother’s suitors, and consider the matter of his father, Odysseus, Athena begins a slow accession into a guiding or mentoring role of Telemachus....   [tags: Odyssey, Homer, Odysseus, Athena]

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The Role of the Gods in the Odyssey

- Religion was deeply intertwined the culture of the ancient Greeks. In their stories, they prayed to the gods to satisfy their needs and offer assistance in their endeavors, and the gods would occasionally appear to select Greeks to give counsel, gifts, or other forms of aid. Alternatively, if the desires or endeavors of a mortal or mortals displeased one or more of the gods, they would also interfere with the fulfillment of their goals. In Homer’s Odyssey, the gods appear to or interfere with both Telemachus and Odysseus, either to help or hinder them in their journeys....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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Images and Symbolism in The Odyssey

- The Sea Odysseus spends so much time sailing home that the sea really takes up a good chunk of his life. This is fitting, since the sea and its perils work much the same way the Odyssey argues that life does, it is full of suffering, but it can’t be avoided. The sea can send blessings like sea breezes to blow him home or obstacles like storms, Skylla and Charybdis, and treacherous islands. Because the sea is ruled by Poseidon, it is also a manifestation of the superiority of the gods and nature over man....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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Free Essays on Homer's Odyssey: Book XIX

- The Odyssey Book XIX In Book XIX of Homer's The Odyssey, Odysseus, posing as a poor beggar, has a discussion with Penelope regarding Odysseus himself, and how the "two" met. Readers may question why Penelope does not recognize her own husband. Later on, one sees that at least Eurycleia distinguishes Odysseus. Penelope reveals a dream she has had to Odysseus, asking for an explanation. This Book of The Odyssey brings forth an envisage regarding the death of the suitors that is soon to come....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays]

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The Odyssey By Peter Dalby

- ... Meanwhile, Penelope, the long suffering wife of Odysseus is forced to contend with the suitors who have taken residence in her home, taking advantage of her hospitality. Indeed, Penelope and her son Telemachus are described as nearly helpless, and in need of a hero, for the suitors that have taken residence in her home placed tremendous pressure on her to forsake Odysseus and choose one of them to marry (Toohey 47). Penelope, in her desperation tells the suitors that she is preparing a burial shroud for her father-in-law, and will choose when she has completed the task....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Epic poetry, Athena]

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Odyssey '

- ... Because of his outcry and Polyphemus telling Poseidon about this attack Odysseus can then “collect” his kleos. He can make claims to this fame. Odysseus overcame many trials that made him stand out amongst other warriors. One of these trials was escaping from Polyphemus’s lair during which he blinded the cyclops in the process of fleeing. Another trial he overcame was that of withstanding the song of the sirens. To do so, he made his crew tie him to the mast of the ship and told all of them to clog their ears with wax....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Poseidon]

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Analysis Of The Poem ' The Odyssey '

- ... . And I thought I would never see you again, once you had sailed for Pylos. Come in, come in, dear child, and let me feast my eyes on the wonderer just home.’ (Homer, Pg. 210). It is this father-like love for Telemachus and his absolute adoration and love for Odysseus that is shown in his involuntary actions during the slaughter of the suitors at the end of the epic poem. Throughout the rest of his involvement in the epic poem, sans his involvement in the brutality in the twenty second book, he is a messenger for Odysseus....   [tags: Odyssey, Homer, Greek mythology, Marriage]

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' Odyssey '

- ... Farewell. / But if you only knew, down deep, what pains / are fated to fill your cup before you reach that shore, / you’d stay right here, preside in our house with me / and be immortal.” (Lines 227-230). These lines create the impression that Calypso is attempting to lure Odysseus with the warning of the battles and agony he will face as he heads on his way home, and contrasting those agonies with the pleasure he would receive on the off chance that he stayed with her. This isn’t the first that Homer reveals to us the concept of deceitfulness, as he utilized this idea when he spoke of Penelope’s web....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Homer]

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Odysseus and Penelope

- Odysseus and Penelope Odysseus and Penelope are the best two example of what it really means to be human because of their great courage to overcome all obstacles for a greater cause. There is not one true definition on what it means to be human, but the most knowledgeable definition of “human” is to be created in the image of God. The attributes that really set humans apart from all the other animals on earth are imagination, reason, and will. These three human faculties make us who we are because we have the ability to counter plate our own mortality....   [tags: Odysseus, Analysis]

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