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Analysis Of Penelope 's ' The Odyssey '

- Penelope’s Cleverness In the Odyssey, written by, Homer Penelope seems, at first, to be portrayed as someone constantly weeping for her husband, while being oblivious to the struggles of her kingdom. However, the story actually portrays her as someone who is in control of her surroundings. Penelope is torn at the thought of not seeing her husband again. Back when Penelope was alive it was not proper for a lady to be with more than one man and Penelope knew this. She did not wish to be with more than one man, so she used her weeping to distract her suitors so she would not be looked at with disgrace in her century....   [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

- In The Odyssey and The Color Purple, the authors show different period of time where women didn 't have the right to have an opinion nor a decision in their own lives. Second wave feminism was not only about the right to vote, etc. It was more of a fight about equal opportunities. Naturally, the differences between the people asking for equal opportunities would become a key point. In The Odyssey and The Color Purple, women’s rights are based on social structural rather than laws that allow women to make their own decisions....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Penelope, Telemachus]

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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 : 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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The Odyssey : My Mother

- While reading The Odyssey, I have recognized Odysseus’ traits in my mother. Nevertheless, in distinct situations my mother 's character is kind and quiet, although she can be quiet, she can become fierce if you provoke her by committing an incorrect act. Common for all mothers when their children are in danger they tend to become over protective so that no harm is done to them. If an act is committed toward my sister and I her enraged side will be presented upon you. On the other hand, when my sister and I were young we were playing in the house a broke and antique plate that was a gift to her she became furious and sent us to our room....   [tags: Odysseus, Odyssey, Circe, Penelope]

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Analysis Of ' The Odyssey '

- One of the most prominent reoccurring themes in The Odyssey is the concept of xenia, in other words, the Greek tradition of showing hospitality to those who are far away from home, or even strangers, since he or she can easily be a god in disguise. In The Odyssey xenia is often the force that seals the fate of specific characters. It is used as a way to show the fear (or lack of fear) of the gods in the characters’ hearts. It is also often tied into the idea of temptation, by showing whether or not a character’s intentions are pure....   [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 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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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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Analysis Of Homer 's Book ' Five Of The Odyssey '

- Odysseus was very persistent to his son Telemachus. Throughout his journey, he could have fallen into the deceit of a charm filled woman and had a life there with her but he didn’t for he remember his son. No matter the situation whenever Odysseus wanted to give up for he was always being discouraged in his journey, he persisted to continue to return to his son and wife. In book five of the Odyssey is says, “He found her at home. There was a large fire burning on the hearth, and one could smell from far the fragrant reek of burning cedar and sandalwood....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Penelope, Marriage]

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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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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 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?

- Is Odysseus Truly Loyal Has someone you know ever gone on a trip or journey and has not been loyal. In the Odyssey by Homer, Odysseus went on a journey and cheated on his wife Penelope. Odysseus is the king of Ithaca, he left for Troy to fight the Trojans because Paris, a Trojan, kidnapped Helen a Geek. He has been gone for 20 years and is trying to make it back to Ithaca and his wife Penelope. Odysseus is not loyal to Penelope because he sleeps with multiple women , he did not truly care how fast he got home and he does not act very urgent to be with Penelope when he does get home....   [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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Who Is The For The Battle Of War And Long Treacherous Battles?

- The Poet makes clear Odysseus’s life is about returning home from adventures of war and long treacherous battles, how they are a way of life for him, and he conquerors his enemies and occasionally loses comrades the same. However, this adventure has never been so painful. Odysseus and Penelope battle 20 years of returning home together. Even for this mighty warrior, no preparation could prepare him for the task at hand. He has been a great teacher though; she too is ready for battle. Home has been the greatest fight thus far and the poet takes us through their struggle to get back home....   [tags: Odysseus, Odyssey, Marriage, Penelope]

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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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Telemachus, Penelope, And The Suitors

- Can determination and strong-will deter the disorder that has destroyed the goodness of this household. In Book One of the Odyssey, we are introduced to Telemachus, Penelope, and the suitors. This passage highlights the struggles experienced by Telemachus and Penelope in the absence of Odysseus. The main point of Telemachus’ speech is to convey his confidence and to show compassion toward his mother’s pain. He wishes to restore order and goodness to his household by removing the suitors. The passage is divided into five parts....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Telemachus]

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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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The Odyssey By Homer 's Odyssey

- In the Odyssey, women play a much greater role in the development of the story than in previous instances in Greek Mythology. These women, such as the Sirens and Circe, not only serve the purpose of providing multiple opportunities for Odysseus to abandon his responsibilities in Ithaca but they are also integral to the theme of seduction and male weakness in the Odyssey. While some of the female characters in this epic do support the male heroes, their role in the Odyssey has more to do with showing how simple it would be for these heroes to fail....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Homer, Greek mythology]

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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 '

- In Greece, on the island of Ithaka, the queen awaits the homecoming of her husband from the Trojan War. However, Odysseus does not return from the war unlike his fellow shield brothers, leaving his wife alone in Ithaka with their son. Penelope is left in a very vulnerable situation because suitors are now coming into her home looking to marry her, as whoever she chooses to marry would become the king of Ithaka. Penelope is forced to adjust to life without her husband, and in a way, fend for herself completely....   [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

- The Iliad and the Odyssey give great accounts of Greek history, allowing readers to see inside the world of the gods. With such reading, it’s very obvious to tell that the gods are not how they would appear to be. They rule over Greece and are in almost complete control of the citizen’s daily lives, however, they don’t take this position with respect. Instead, they choose to resort to human-like games in order to get what they want. The female goddesses are the worst offenders of this. Hera and Athena especially choose to interfere with the lives of humans for their own personal gain....   [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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Women During The Odyssey By Homer

- The women presented throughout The Odyssey provide a respectable representation of women in ancient Greece in general. There are several women introduced in The Odyssey, all of various backgrounds and social classes. The most notable women or type of women in this epic include goddesses, Penelope, and the housemaids and servants. Athena and Calypso are the most significant goddesses presented in The Odyssey. While Athena embodies both feminine and not so feminine traits, Calypso embodies the sexual nature of women and the thought and feelings of sexualized women....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Athena, Iliad]

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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

- In The Odyssey Book 5, Calypso explicitly likens herself to Demeter. She complains that while the male gods themselves are allowed to have mortal lovers, they hate seeing Goddesses like her and Demeter have affairs with mortals(Odyssey 5.128-60). However, Demeter in the Hymn to Demeter in fact more closely resembles Penelope than she resembles Calypso because both Penelope and Demeter love their family members and choose to challenge the authority in order to achieve family reunion, while Calypso submits to Zeus’s will and finally gives up having a family....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Marriage, Greek mythology]

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William Shakespeare 's The Odyssey

- A suitor is defined in Oxford Dictionary as a man who pursues a relationship with a particular woman, with a view to marriage. In the epic novel The Odyssey, there are a number of suitors after the same woman, Penelope. Penelope is the wife of the famous Odyssey, and the mother of Telemachus. Telemachus is not fans of the suitors that remain in his house waiting to see which his mother will chose, her husband who has been gone for twenty years or one of the new suitors in the house. Antinous is suitor that cannot be missed in the house....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Difference, Marriage]

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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 '

- As Skylla struck to cast six of Odysseus’s men into Hades, the reader can only imagine the sort of turn the story would take if Odysseus himself were seized. The hero would be reunited with his mother in the underworld, his yearn for home aches more than ever before. But in fact, the hero prevails as does his quest for Ithaca and his wife; for whom he despairs in the heavy prospect of immortality. Because he lives, the test of the heroic code demands a price and an answer to whether or not Odysseus will have his glory and vengeance against the suitors that impede on his territory....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Marriage, Trojan War]

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Shakespeare 's The Odyssey - Appearance Of A Woman

- Appearance of a Woman Indeed, women play an influential role in life. In The Odyssey, women appear as goddesses, wives, and servants who are faithful, wise, and powerful. In Homer 's ballad The Odyssey, Penelope is the faithful and loyal wife of Odysseus. Penelope expresses her courage, compassion, and helpfulness throughout The Odyssey. She has faith and depends on the goddess Athena to grant her wishes. Penelope is the daughter of Icarius and lives in Ithaca. She is representing women who are faithful to their husband no matter the situation....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Homer, Telemachus]

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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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The Odyssey By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- Throughout his work, The Odyssey, Homer develops a potent theme of hospitality. In the times of ancient Greece, Xenia- or the guest law- was a very important concept. Xenia consisted of two basic rules: the host must welcome in the guest, feed them, and take care of them; in return the guest would be courteous to the host. In The Odyssey, Xenia is one of the only codes of moral conduct that is universal, and a characters hospitality influences others on their journeys throughout the book. When the Phaeacians show a strong sense of hospitality towards Odysseus, he benefits strongly from it and is able to arrive home as a cause of their generosity....   [tags: Odyssey, Trojan War, Telemachus, Odysseus]

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Cultural Values Of Homer 's Odyssey

- Within the Penelopiad, Atwood’s responds to the cultural values of Homer’s Odyssey through the characterisation of Penelope. Penelope’s narrative perspective exposes aspects of gender and class relationships that the Homeric original ignores. Atwood couples this with multiple genres and an emphasis on the process of myth formation. This serves to challenge the construction of the Odyssey as a tool to encode social norms. However, this focus on subjectivity also emphasises the unreliable female narration of the Penelopiad....   [tags: Odysseus, Odyssey, Narrator, Homer]

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The Odyssey By Homer, By Robert Fitzgerald

- The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Robert Fitzgerald Question 4. A. Yes, Penelope experiences joy as the result of Odysseus’s return. B. Separated from her husband in their prime years, and hardened from the frauds of men, Penelope, unlike her son, does not welcome Odysseus back with open arms. She refuses to acknowledge him as her Lord until she tests his knowledge of their secret sign. Uncertain whether he is true, she tries him by ordering to her maid to make up a bed for him and move it back to the bedchamber Odysseus had built with his own hands, therefore stating that she had moved their pact and pledge, even though it was mortally impossible....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Marriage, Trojan War]

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Comparing Odysseus And The Odyssey

- The Odyssey’s protagonist, Odysseus, King of Ithica, husband of Penelope and father of Telemachus was reknown for his craftiness. When Helen is abducted and Menelaus calls upon his allies to honour their oaths and help him to retrieve her. Odysseus tries to avoid going to war by feigning lunacy and starts sowing his fields with salt, as an oracle had prophesied a long-delayed return home for him if he went. However, Palamedes, sent by Menelaus’s brother Agamemnon places his infant son Telemachus in front of his plow....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Iliad, Trojan War]

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The Women Characters Of Homer 's Odyssey

- THE WOMEN CHARACTERS IN HOMER 'S “ODYSSEY” Homer 's Odyssey is certainly a primarily masculine story, an epic poem centered on the heroic deeds of a universal figure, Odysseus, who is seen returning from the Trojan War in the company of his male comrades. As with its companion work The Iliad, The Odyssey describes the man 's world of war, male camaraderie, and heroic struggle against natural and manmade forces. Seen in this context, the female characters of the epic are decidedly secondary; apart from the fact that Odysseus ' wife Penelope is the source and symbol of his longing to return home, the story does not seem to turn upon their decisions or deeds....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Athena, Homer]

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Analysis Of Homer 's The Odyssey

- The fall of Troy in the 12th or 13th century BCE and the pursuit of historical/documentation gave inspiration for the composition of Homer’s the Odyssey. Epic poetry is seen by many historical scholars as Homer’s forte. His use of Odysseus as a centralized heroic figure, the heavy involvement of the Greek Gods, plentiful examples of repetition/enumerations, and Homer’s invoking of Zeus’ nine daughters the Muses are all glaring characteristics of epic poetry. These characteristics incidentally make excellent mnemonic devices....   [tags: Odyssey, Greek mythology, Homer, Epic poetry]

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The Odyssey Of Homer And Medea

- The Odyssey of Homer and “Medea” are two of the better-known Greek literary works that emphasize the role of women in society. Odysseus returned home from his long journey to find Penelope’s loyalty unwavering to her husband, despite going through several hardships to keep this sense of loyalty. For example, while Odysseus was on his journey, she agrees to remarry on condition, which appears as though she is betraying her husband. On the other hand, Medea, the wife of Jason, took an opposite approach in response to gender role expectations....   [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 '

- Homer’s famous work, The Odyssey, is the epic tale of Odysseus’ decade-long journey to return home from the Trojan War. It was during the finale of the war, Battle of Troy, that Odysseus employed his celebrated Wooden Horse stratagem. His treacherous journey home is marked by catastrophe after catastrophe, but Homer uses these challenges to develop Odysseus’ character, to humble him and to give him knowledge. This essay will examine Odysseus’ identity and its progression throughout the book; the explanation of the metaphor of “home”; ancient Greek society; and the character development of Penelope, Telemachus and the Suitors....   [tags: Odyssey, Trojan War, Homer, Odysseus]

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

- The Odyssey by homer is an epic that depicts the life and Journey of Greek war hero Odysseus, who left for war twenty years prior and had yet to return to his home ten years after the end of his battle in the Trojan War. On his first attempt to return home he was shipwrecked and was the only survivor he landed on the island of Ogygia where he was held captive as a sex slave by the the beautiful goddess calypso who was in madly love with him. Also depicts the many roadblocks he faced with on his journey home which mostly includes his many Encounters with various women....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Athena, Woman]

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The Mythology Of The Odyssey

- While a majority of the texts in general demonstrate that good things happen to those who listen to the gods and bad things happen to those who do not, there are a few unique cases were certain people were able to address their gods, and receive an answer. These select people hold an exclusive relationship, usually with one god, and even though they do (mostly) whatever their god commands them to do, they still have the ability to hold a dialogue with them. This creates a situation where the God is the listener, and their human is the speaker....   [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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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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An Analysis Of ' The Odyssey '

- Divulging the Importance of Women Women have not always had power equal to men. When The Odyssey was composed, women’s roles were limited to childbirth and domestic duties. In The Odyssey, Homer foreshadowed how the perception and roles of women would change in the future. Odysseus, who is the main male character in the epic, strongly depended on the female characters. Homer gave women the roles of diverting, comforting, and assisting mortals throughout the story to show his readers that women are an important aspect to men’s lives....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Greek mythology, Telemachus]

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The Iliad And The Odyssey

- Around 850 BC, there was a major discovery when Homer was introduced. Through his poetry, he relinquishes two stories called the Iliad and the Odyssey. Homer narrated a cultural norm where women were idolized and held great power over men in some ways, but were still found as property in their eyes. Homer acquaints us with two characters in each parable. From the Iliad, we receive a character of great beauty who is married to King Menelaus of (place) named Helen. The readers also learn of a diligent ad passionate wife of Odysseus named Penelope....   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, Odyssey, Odysseus]

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The Epic Of The Odyssey

- For everything, there is a season and a time. A great example of that is The Odyssey, which is one of the two major ancient Greek epic poems. An epic poem is a long narrative poem regarding the actions of a hero. The odyssey is based on the whole story of the Trojan War, where Odysseus and his men lost. In this 10-year war, innumerable of Odysseus’ men were killed and those who survived, became slaves. Odysseus finally returned to his homeland after 2 decades had gone by. The first time he set foot in Ithaca, his homeland, he didn’t recognize it....   [tags: Odyssey, Homer, Odysseus, Epic poetry]

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The Odyssey And The Aeneid

- The Odyssey and The Aeneid are epic poems that focus on the aftermath of the Trojan War. One deals with the Greek hero, Odysseus and the other deals with the Trojan hero, Aeneas. Greek and Roman culture revolve around a patriarchal society. A patriarchal society implicates males hold primary power and predominate roles in leadership, social privilege and that they have control over any property. They also have authority over women and children. The Odyssey and The Aeneid depict women in a stereotypical way but each one has their own difference....   [tags: Odysseus, Odyssey, Homer, 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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