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odyssey, a look

- There are many traditions and values that the people of Ancient Greece followed very closely. These acts, such as, hospitality and respect for one’s peers are usually overlooked by gods and goddesses. The people are expected follow these traditions or they may feel wrath from a god or goddess. In the Odyssey, the tradition of hospitality is shown being broke in several ways. When a person in Ancient Greece received a guest, they were to treat them with the highest respect and they should offer them gifts....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Greek Women in The Odyssey

- The women in The Odyssey are a fair representation of women in ancient Greek culture. In his work, Homer brings forth women of different prestige. First there are the goddesses, then Penelope, and lastly the servant girls. Each of the three factions forms an important part of The Odyssey and helps us look into what women were like in ancient Greece. The role that the housemaids play in The Odyssey is that of servitude. They are expected to serve the suitors and put up with their rude demeanor. During the course of the ten years that the suitors are there, many of the housemaids sleep with them....   [tags: Homer]

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Calypso and Circe, Important Women of Homer's Odyssey

- Calypso and Circe, Important Women of Homer's Odyssey Of all the themes in the Odyssey, the one that seems to stand out is Odysseus's struggle to return home. There are many reasons why his journey is deterred, the most obvious being the women he encounters. Of the women, their are two that truly represent "the different aspects of creative and destructive feminiinty." (Taylor, 571) Calypso is a woman who carries the "true appeal" of a woman, beauty. She offers Odysseus eternal life, and an end to physical suffering....   [tags: Homer Odyssey womody]

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The Odyssey

- Odysseys is angry that he has been betrayed by Circe and threatens her to tell him the way home. She tells him that only Tarsiers know the way home. He must go to the underworld to find him. Back in Ithica men taunt Telemachus with his fathers death. Odysseus finds Tarsier, and he tells him that he is blinded by the journey not the passage which is his life and that he must fallow the star and he will run into 2 beasts, Scylla and Charyladis. On the way out of hell he sees his mother. The ship travels through a cave where it is attacked by Scylla, then the ship goes over a waterfalls where the ship and all of the men left after Scylla’s attack get swallowed up by Charyldis leaving onl...   [tags: essays research papers]

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Archetype of Ulysses in the Odyssey

- We have read an adventurous story called The Odyssey. It was about a hero named Ulysses who goes through many conflicts to get home. He has faced monsters to beautiful women, but he still got home. Ulysses fits the model of an archetype. There are three ways he fits into the model. One way that Ulysses fits into the model of an archetype is that he has a supernatural power. An archetype means an original pattern. Ullyses has the abilities of strength. He is also very clever. Ulysses has alot of strength because he can bend the bow to connect it but no one else could....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Portrayal of Women in Homer's Odyssey

- The Odyssey:  Portrayal of Women How does Homer portray women in the epic, The Odyssey?  In order to answer this question you must look at woman and goddesses as two separate groups of "people".  This is because they are portrayed in tow separate ways.  You see, a regular woman like Penelope is looked at as beautiful but has very few rights.      If we first look at Penelope we see how beautiful she must be, because we know that she has a lot of suitors staying at her house and they all want to marry her.  It is not until later on that we find out how low in society mortal women are.  The first time this is shown is when Telemukus has to choose one of the suitors to be his mother...   [tags: Homer Odyssey womody]

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Loyalty Shown In The Odyssey

- Loyalty to family, community, and the gods is an important quality in the lives of ancient Greek citizens. These qualities are clear demonstrated in The Odyssey through Penelope, Telemakhos, and Odysseus. Penelope shows her loyalty in several ways. She shows loyalty to Odysseus by waiting for his return for twenty long years. She did not choose a suitor until she knew for sure that Odysseus was dead. To delay the decision of choosing a suitor, Penelope said she would marry a suitor after she had finished weaving her shroud....   [tags: essays research papers]

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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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Powerful Women of Homer's Odyssey

- The Powerful Women of Homer's Odyssey Homer's "Odyssey" depicts women as strong subjects-they are real substantive characters. Women in this poem are tough, strong-willed and are treated with the respect and seriousness they deserve. Homer characterizes the women in his poem as the real counterparts of men-they have real feelings, real plans and are able to accomplish them on their own. Some of the more impressive and intriguing women in the book are Nausicaa, Arete, Circe, Calypso, Penelope, Helen and Athena....   [tags: Homer Odyssey womody]

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The Role of the Sirens in Homer's Odyssey

- The Role of the Sirens in Odyssey The Sirens in the Odyssey represent more than just a maritime danger to the passing ship. They are the desires of man that he cannot have. The Sirens can also be construed as forbidden knowledge or some other taboo object. Whatever these singing women actually are, the sailors are wise to avoid them. As usual, the wily Odysseus cheats at the rules of the game by listening to their song under the restraints constructed by his crew. In their critical review, Horkheimer and Adorno treat the song of the Sirens as a forbidden knowledge of everything....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays]

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The Impact of Women in The Iliad

- Women have always been recognized for their strong influence on the actions of men. Because of his love for Delia, Samson told his secret of his power and ended up losing it. In Shakespeare's Macbeth, Lady Macbeth urged Macbeth to commit murder. More recently, Eleanor Roosevelt strongly influenced the decisions that Franklin D. Roosevelt made. Women of Homer's epic, The Iliad, were considered primary instigators of the Trojan war. The characteristics attributed to women in ancient Greek mythology may have been key to the outbreak of the war....   [tags: Role of Women in the Trojan War]

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Women in Homer's The Odyssey

- Homer's The Odyssey Women are important to the plot and overall theme of the Odyssey. In fact, without many of the women there would not be a complex plot to this epic poem. In the narrative and in Greek society women played a variety of roles, as mothers, herons, and many other strong roles yet, they were treated as less significant, and were made to be loyal and submissive to men. The women were required to wait on and sulk for love, as Penelope did for 20 years. In Greek society, the women had very little authority but the little control that they did have was sort of a sexual power, which at times they could use to outwit the men....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Odyssey by Homer

- When The Odyssey was first written by Homer, everything in it was believed to be true. But, 700 B.C.E. was a time of uncertainty and it was thought that the gods and creatures were real, that Odysseus’ trip was amazing and that he was a living hero, rather than just a made up story and character. Clearly, Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, is not believable today because of the mythical creatures, many unlikely events occur, and the gods interact with the mortals. Obviously, The Odyssey is not a credible story because there are mythical creatures involved....   [tags: trip, creatures, gods]

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The Nature of Women Portrayed by Circe and Calypso in The Odyssey

- The Nature of Women Portrayed by Circe and Calypso in The Odyssey In Homer's composition, The Odyssey, the roles women play are very significant. The best examples of the true nature of women occur when Odysseus encounters Circe and Calypso. These two characters illustrate the thoughts and feelings of how women how a woman feels and how they think. As the quote states, Circe and Calypso illustrate how women really can be crafty, intelligent, sneaky, disloyal, and cruel. In contrast to battles with men, Cyclops, or animals, sexual battles with women are sometimes much more difficult to win....   [tags: Papers]

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The Role of Women in Homer's The Odyssey

- The Role of Women in Homer's The Odyssey Women form an important part of the folk epic, written by Homer, The Odyssey. Within the story there are three basic types of women: the goddess, the seductress, and the good hostess/wife. Each role adds a different element and is essential to the telling of the story. The role of the goddess is one of a supernatural being, but more importantly one in a position to pity and help mortals. Athena, the goddess of wisdom, is the most prominent example of the role; in the very beginning of the story she is seen making a plea for Odysseus' return home, and throughout the first half of the book she assists him in his journey....   [tags: Papers Odyssey Homer Essays]

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Women in The Odyssey

- Women in The Odyssey In The Odyssey the main character, Odysseus, meets and entertains an impressive array of women. All of the women that he meets are very different and have different personalities and Homer clearly states his attitude towards each of the women. Some of the women are seen as essentially 'good' or essentially 'bad.' It is also clear that Homer adopts a sexist attitude towards the women in his novel. In The Odyssey women are generally portrayed as manipulative and deceitful and Homer is a sexist who holds a double standard of morality for men and for women....   [tags: Papers]

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Odyssey '

- With the addition of her deflection of the suitors long spears that may have eventually kill Odysseus, he and Athena goes on a killing spree annihilating all suitors. It is in this scene the reader gets a glimpse in how brutal she is in battle as Segal contends, "[h]er contemplated revenge is strikingly similar to the Cyclops ' murderous feasting" (514). Although Homer makes it a constant theme to inspire his heroes through pep talks with the gods to rekindle the hero 's spirit, actually Athena 's physical deflection of the long spears saves the day....   [tags: Aeneid, Aeneas, Dido, Odysseus]

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The Iliad And The Odyssey

- Women 's roles in the Iliad and Odyssey the seem to differ from the roles of men. Women were depicted as possessions to the men. Athena seems to stand out the most when it comes to both of these books Athena is the goddess of wisdom and war. Not only was Athena the goddess of wisdom and war, she played the role of the protector. Athena is one of the main female characters that truly show out throughout the Iliad and the Odyssey. An ancient history website states that “Athena was a major protagonist in Homer’s account of the Trojan War in the Illiad where she supports the Achaeans and their heroes, especially Achilles, to whom she gives encouragement and wise counsel." Athena beings to firs...   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, Odysseus, Odyssey]

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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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Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Odyssey '

- The act of constantly tricking others, boasting, and the blatant disregard for others needs or feelings can be considered “hubris” in Greek myth. In the Odyssey many characters show self-confidence, but only a select few actually seemed to have “hubris” such as the suitors and Odysseus. The suitors were immediately characterized as selfish individuals, for instance when they were described in book 1 “suitors trooped in with all their swagger and took their seats”. (Odyssey 1. 169-170) Simply in the way they carry themselves it is obvious they disregard others....   [tags: Odyssey, Athena, Odysseus, Ithaca]

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The Odyssey By Homer And Aeneas

- The two stories start very much alike in that they begin with the journey of two heres Odysseus ( of the Odyssey by Homer) and Aeneas (of the Aeneid by Virgil), Both these heroes begin their stories in an effort to return home, along the way facing peril after peril. The Odyssey, pits the hero Odysseus against the god of the sea, Poseidon, who has begrudged Odysseus and would sooner see him dead than reach his home. However, Odysseus is also being aided by the goddess Athena, the goddess of wisdom....   [tags: Odysseus, Odyssey, Aeneid, Greek mythology]

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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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Comparing Gilgamesh And The Odyssey

- When two people are so much alike yet so different, it makes a comparison of Gilgamesh and Odysseus an interesting subject. Both the stories of “Gilgamesh” and “The Odyssey” show that the characters were successful warriors with many adventures to be told. Gilgamesh and Odysseus are human with many god-like qualities. Their perception of immortality, as well as regard for death and the influences of the gods in their lives and adventures, are similar; however, the characters have many differences....   [tags: Odyssey, Epic of Gilgamesh, Enkidu, Ishtar]

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Female Characters Of The Odyssey And The Epic Of Gilgamesh

- The Odyssey by Homer tells the account of the celebrated king Odysseus and of his great feats on his way back to Ithaca, much like the Epic of Gilgamesh expresses the feats of the great king Gilgamesh and his friend Endiku. These male characters are exemplified in their incredible feats and capabilities. However, many of these deeds would not be possible without the help of the female characters. The seemingly perfect male characters have their greatest weakness in women and many of their pitfalls are a result of encounters with women....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Epic of Gilgamesh, Epic poetry]

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The Honorable Odysseus of Homer's Odyssey

- The Honorable Odysseus When Odysseus returned home to his wife and son, he took a very brutal approach to rid his home of the suitors who had invaded his household. This revenge was also taken out upon the servants and maids who had been unfaithful to Penelope and had slept with the suitors. Some may say this punishment was too harsh, and made Odysseus less than an honorable man. However, Odysseus’s actions were justifiable. Indeed those who occupied the lord’s manor during his absence did so with no honor....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays]

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Odyssey Hospitality

- Odyssey Hospitality Hospitality In The Odyssey by Homer, hospitality plays a very important role. There are certain rules of hospitality needed, such as inviting a stranger into your home, not asking them their name before they have dined at your table, and sometimes even gift offerings. If these rules of hospitality are not carried out, the consequences are very severe. Hospitality is to be given to all by all. Being a good host is very important in The Odyssey, even to the gods. It is a sign of respect for all no matter where they are from or how poor they appear to be....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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The Odyssey

- Many forms of popular culture today are inspired by themes, characters, and other references in various types of classical literature. John Denver's song 'Calypso'; is about the relationship between men and women, and he bases this comparison on the relationship between Kalypso and Odysseus in Homer's the Odyssey. In 'Calypso'; Denver portrays women in general as being superior to men by using the beautiful and enchanting goddess, Kalypso, from Homer's epic. John Denver encompasses all women in his song by providing Kalypso as a universal symbol....   [tags: essays research papers]

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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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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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The Women Of Greek Women

- All throughout history, the writing and story telling of myths and histories were primarily done by well educated, and wealthy men. The knowledge of the past is naturally skewed when it is seen through specific lenses that do not capture the whole picture. The voices of women and the less fortunate are often left unheard. This concept is not a unique one, and it is found in ancient Greece as well. Well known Greek scholars and writers such as Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, and Homer were all men. Sappho is the only female ancient Greek author whose work survives, The reason why Sappho’s poems offers so much insight into the lives of Greek women in ancient Greece is because the poems are an acc...   [tags: Trojan War, Homer, Iliad, Achilles]

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The Odyssey And O Brother Where Art Thou?

- “O muse. Sing in me, and through me tell the story...Of that man skilled in all the ways of contending...A wanderer, harried for years on end…” (Homer). These are the opening words of The Odyssey. This is also in the opening scene of O Brother Where Art Thou?. O Brother is a reception of the revered story of Odysseus’ journey with a bit of a twist. The works have similarities that only a person well informed of the Odyssey could see. The Odyssey and O Brother highlight the trials of the main character’s journeys....   [tags: Odyssey, Trojan War, Odysseus, Homer]

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Aeneas As A Hero From Virgil 's The Odyssey

- Aeneas is portrayed as a hero from Virgil because of his warrior like attributes which will lead his people to safety. He established order in he and his people’s lives in being the founder of the new Trojan state. He is the epitome of the Romans virtues as he is an obedient servant of fate and gods, leader of his people, and shows great devotion to his family. In Aeneas’s role as a loyal servant of fate and of the gods, he is “a man apart, devoted to his mission, a dedicated man”. He faces adversity without ever losing faith in the will of fate like when his faith was reinforced seeing dido’s hard work in the temple built for Juno....   [tags: Aeneid, Aeneas, Dido, Virgil]

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The Amazing Leadership of Odysseus in Homer's The Odyssey

- The epic poem The Odyssey by the ancient Greek writer Homer takes us deep into the life of a man called Odysseus. As the reader gets to know Odysseus many sides of his character are exposed through the challenges he faces. Though he and his crew face danger and obstacles every step of the way Odysseus’s character hardly changes. The entire book Odysseus longs to see his wife but he is a good man and a courageous leader. When the times get tough, the tough gets going and that’s exactly what Odysseus did when the Trojan War started....   [tags: The Odyssey]

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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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Homer's The Odyssey

- Since the beginning of human civilization, women have often occupied inferior roles in society while the dominant role has been played by men. In Homer’s The Odyssey gender roles in Greek society are emphasized showing how men controlled society while women were undervalued and constantly disrespected. Although it may be argued that Homer poses some rather feminist views, it is evident by several elements that The Odyssey is a misogynistic text. First, women in the Odyssey were continually oppressed by men never having true free will....   [tags: ancient Greek epic poems]

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Oral Commentary on The Odyssey

- This passage is told as a flashback, as Odysseus sits in the palace of the Phaeacians telling the story of his wanderings. Odysseus reluctantly tells his story after King Alcinou notices his weeping during a minstrel, which was about the fall of Troy. So in answer to the King, Odysseus reveals his identity, background and adventures: from Troy, the winds sweep him and his men to Ismarus, city of the Cicones. The men plunder the land and, carried away by greed, refuses to leave until the Cicones turn on them and attack....   [tags: Odyssey, Greece, ]

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Women In The Odyssey

- The literature composed during the era when the Odyssey was written was directed by men. Woman characters were valued but the only participated in affairs when they had the permission of men. The men, for the most part, directed the women's lives. The themes used in literature were on the subjects that men would be interested in; combat; warriors, and rulers. Domestic affairs, for the most part, were not noted. There is a immense contrast between the Odyssey and other epic poetry of the period. There are several women characters in the Odyssey....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Odysseus was the Hero in the Epic, The Odyssey, by Homer

- Odysseus is the hero in the Epic “The Odyssey” by Homer. He embodies many characteristics of a typical Epic hero, but he still strays from the norm in some ways, which makes him unique. He values Ithaca, his home, so much that he spends years getting back, struggling the whole way, and doing what it takes to protect his home. Throughout the whole story, Odysseus is trying to get home. Odysseus’s purpose is to get his men and himself back to Ithaca. On the way, he and his crew face many challenges meant to prevent them from getting home, such as harsh sailing conditions provided by Poseidon, a god who is mad at Odysseus for blinding his son, the Cyclops....   [tags: protector, wisdom, intelligence]

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The Pride of Men, Their Prejudice Against Women

- The society of the ancient Greeks in The Odyssey, by Homer, is different than the one that we know today. The currency, transportation, and technology were all different. Another part of society that was also different was gender roles. For instance, women were bound to the home and men were able to do pretty much anything they pleased. Double standards arose—a man could travel by himself and be praised for getting to see the world, while a woman who did the same was berated and reckoned by others as a vixen....   [tags: Women's Rights]

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Female Voices Of The Odyssey

- 2. Why do you think we hear more female voices (e.g. Penelope, Arete, Helen, etc) in the Odyssey than in Classical Athens. What 's different about Classical Athens. In Greek mythology, women are typically associated with everything natural and evil, such as passion, jealousy, anger etc… and in Classical Athens, society feared their union because they thought some sort of crazy ritual must be going on. Some of these characteristics are depicted in the Odyssey. In fact, the slaves are shown serving the suitors, obeying their commands to meet their needs (even sexually)....   [tags: Sparta, Battle of Thermopylae, Ancient Greece]

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The Odyssey

- During the night Odysseus tosses and turns, worrying about the outcome of his encounter with the suitor. Athena appears to himin a dream and promises that he will aid in the struggle. Penelope also unable to sleep and prays to Artemis, begging that she be rescued from marriage to another man, even if it means her death. In the morning Odysseus appeals to Zeus for a sign of his favor and is answered by the rumbling of thunder and lightning. Others notice the sign and a general mood of imminant danger sets in....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Parallels between Virgil’s The Aenieid and Homer’s The Odyssey

- In Virgil’s The Aeneid, there are many parallels found in Homer’s The Odyssey. In each epic, the heroes, Aeneas and Odysseus, are on a journey “home.” Aeneas is on the search of a new home for he and his companions to settle since Troy has been destroyed, Odysseus on the other hand is attempting to return to his home he left years earlier to fight the Trojan War. They both have Gods against them and helping them, both Aeneas and Odysseus are both held back by women, both voluntary and involuntarily, and they both have experiences visiting the Underworld....   [tags: deception, strength, society, gods, values, heroes]

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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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The Odyssey - Comparing The Ro

- Odyssey vs. Rustling Rhapsody Comparison of the Role of Women 'A woman is very unpredictable. She is romantic, sensitive and caring; however, underneath she is convoluted, deceptive and dangerous.'; -Erin Perrizn (1963 -) One would automatically assume that the female character in a heroic story takes the preconceived role of an object at the disposal of the male protagonist. The female character in a heroic story holds the stereotype that she is obtuse, and will repeatedly flock to the most handsome man....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Comparison Between Homer And Iliad

- Homer and Hesiod were well-known epic poets that gave contribution to their culture by writing poetry on the different aspects and views of the Greek world. Homer’s long narrative poems dealt a lot with heroes at war, gods and goddesses involved with humans while Hesiod’s poetry is shorter, having little to do with heroes, and presents the importance of work and morality. Although the two poets have their own unique writing style, there are many differences and similarities in The Odyssey, Works and Days, and Iliad about beliefs in religion, description of women, and function of war....   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, Odyssey, Homer]

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The Odyssey Shows Who Woman Reallly Are

- Women, like foxes, display beauty on the outside yet work cunningly on the inside. The Odyssey incorporates many such beautiful, clever women as these. The Odyssey begins with Odysseus who loses himself getting home from the Trojan War. He must journey the seas to overcome many obstacles including angry Olympian gods and the one-eyed giant Cyclops. Along with these tribulations, a variety of Machiavellian women try to create havoc so as not to allow him the pleasures of home. In The Odyssey, Homer portrays women as sly, easily-wooed, and troublesome creatures....   [tags: cunning, purpose, desire]

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The Odyssey by Home

- Being a generally required read, most everyone has heard of The Odyssey by Homer, meanwhile, very few have recognized the connection between it and its partner movie, O Brother, Where Art Thou. by the Coen brothers. Being purposely made to portray the large epic, O Brother, Where Art Thou is full of juicy details that one would not truly understand unless they had read the epic. Throughout the movie one can find the original basics that Homer incorporated into The Odyssey with ease. The similarities between the two are quite transparent as well....   [tags: greek, gods, loyalty, devotion]

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The Odyssey in Oh Brother, Where Art Thou

- The Odyssey in Oh Brother, Where Art Thou The movie O Brother, Where Art Thou is a wonderful movie that was directed by the Coen brothers. The movie features a cast of talented actors, the movie has also won several awards. The book The Odyssey is a timeless classic and it was written by the mysterious bard Homer. The book tells the tale of our hero Odysseus as he attempts to make it home to his wife. There are many ways to relate the movie plot and characters, to Odysseus's journey in The Odyssey....   [tags: Film Movie O Brother, Where Art Thou]

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Essay About Love in Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey

- The Importance of Love in Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey   Homer’s Iliad was a tragedy illustrating the despair and useless suffering associated with war.    Homer's Odyssey was an epic tale of long suffering resolving in triumph.    Though there were a great many differences between the two works, there was an underlying theme of love which ran through both.     Not just the physical manifestation of infatuation, but the kind of love that makes one willing to die for another             The events portrayed in the Iliad were set in motion by love.    Paris' love for Helen and her love for Paris, resulting in Helen deserting Menelaus and leaving with Paris for Troy.    Helen, consumed by h...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Free Essays: The World of the Odyssey and Today's Society

- The World of the Odyssey and Today's Society In the book the Odyssey by Homer violence, deceit, disorder, absence of law enforcement, and it's principal of self-sufficiency, obviously differs from our modern society today. In modern world today we have laws and law enforcers, which is to help keep away from as much violence as possible. We have legal systems and courts to decide whether people deserve punishments, and this shows in many ways how the present differs from the past....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays]

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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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Calypso and Circe in Homer's Odyssey

- Calypso and Circe The islands of Circe and Calypso in Homer’s Odyssey are places where Odysseus’ most challenging problems occur. In contrast to battles with men, Cyclops, or animals, sexual battles with women are sometimes much more difficult to win. These two female characters are especially enticing to Odysseus because they are goddesses. Though it is evident that Odysseus longs to return to Penelope in Ithaka, it sometimes appears that he has lost vision of what life was like with a wife, a son, and with thousands of people who regard him as King....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays Papers]

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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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A Comparison of Homer's Odyssey and Oedipus the King

- In the world of literature, there are many similarities and differences between them. These similarities and differences are significant because the reader can learn and thoroughly comprehend them. Two examples of such literature are the epic poems Oedipus the King , written by Sophocles and The Odyssey, written by Homer who were both Greek poets. Oedipus the King and The Odyssey share many similarities. The most important and significant similarity is that both epic poems are involved in a conflict when we first encounter the poems....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Roles of Women in the Odyssey, Sakuntala and Good Country People

- Roles of Women in the Odyssey, Sakuntala and Good Country People The changing role of women in literature from the late 8th century B.C. to the 21 century A.D. is evident that women have become more or less respectful in later works. This is portrayed in the Odyssey, Sakuntala and Good Country People. In Sakauntala women are treated more like slaves. While in the Odyssey they are more less equals. However in Sakuntala, women are given more responsibilities. Implying that women are entrusted with more capabilities....   [tags: essays papers]

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The Role of Women in Ancient Greece as Depicted in Homer’s The Odyssey

- The Role of Women in Ancient Greece as Depicted in Homer’s The Odyssey Women as Citizens For this informative report I will attempt to point out the roles women and how they are viewed in ancient Greece. I will then show how these views are present in Homer’s "The Odyssey." How are women, goddess or mortal, conveyed in "The Odyssey?" "The Odyssey" was written around 700 BC during the Archaic period (750 – 550 BC). This was a time of great economical and social change in Greek history due to massive migration that led to the development of new city-states (called the polis) as well as laws to govern them....   [tags: Odyssey]

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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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Similarity of Themes in Homer's The Odyssey, Tennyson’s Ulysses, and Cavafy’s Ithaca

- The Odyssey: A Timeless Classic Homer’s The Odyssey has taught numerous lessons that simply cannot be expressed through mere words. The Odyssey portrays a mortal man’s struggle among strangers, monsters, and women in his attempt to return home after fighting in the Trojan War. Through Odysseus’s episodes, readers can relate to their own struggles in life and how these experiences shape who they become. Two poets who have encompassed this theme of learning from one’s struggle include Constantine Cavafy and Alfred Lord Tennyson....   [tags: journey, spiritual, temptations]

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The Odyssey of Greatness

- The Odyssey of Greatness Throughout time, books have opened the minds of many people. It permits people to travel to a dream world where every word captures their suspense and urges them to read on. Books that are so fascinating and vivid to the point they can not be put down are considered great. A great book is a piece of literature that allows the reader to relate their own experiences and feelings to that of the characters depicted. The Odyssey by Homer would be considered a great book; the reader can relate to Odysseus' longing for Penelope, his quest to be home with family, and the continuous wrestle with free will v....   [tags: World History]

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The Good, The Bad, And The Beautiful

- The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful There was no shortage of powerful female characters throughout the Archaic world. In fact, many of the most widely renowned figures in history are found in the works of Homer and other authors from this time period. These women often play an influential—and essential—role in the story. However, despite the presence of multiple powerful and strong-willed women in works such as Homer’s Odyssey, the most significant of these characters were created as hinderences to the male hero by means of their sexuality....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Circe, Athena]

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Gender Roles in The odyssey by Homer

- Early ages of Greece introduce the norms Homeric society, including the division of genders. Masculinity was portrayed as the better and bigger trait that was found in men because it depicted strength and authority. Femininity on the other hand was portrayed as frail and weak for their submission and compassion. It was the norm for women to answer to the men in charge who made all the decisions. The epic poem, “The Odyssey” written by Homer illustrates Telemachos and Penelope have a controlling male dominant relationship, symbolizing the ideal gender roles in Homeric society, where as an Odysseus’ encounter with Arete shows a controlling female dominant association, representing a complexity...   [tags: Society, Relationship]

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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 First Greek Epic Poem

- Introduction Odyssey is known as the second Greek epic poem after the Iliad that were written by the great Greek ancient poet known as Homer. The story epic poem was written in the 8th century BC with its key focus being telling more about the adventures of a mythical hero whose name was Odysseus. The story stresses more on the story of Odysseus during his trip home after the Trojan War (Homer & Lattimore, 1967). The adventures of Odysseus wife are also highlighted as she waited his husband at Ithaca....   [tags: Odyssey, Epic poetry, Homer, Odysseus]

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Role of Women in Homer's Odyssey

- The Role of Women in Homer's Odyssey      "Homer's Odyssey is the product of a society in which men played the dominant role"(Pomeroy 22). Throughout history, women have retained a submissive role in society. For the longest time, society itself was organized and directed by men, and all of the most important enterprises were those that men implemented. Women participated in the affairs of the world only when they had the permission of the men who directed their lives.             The literature of a of masculine society, of which Homer's Odyssey is an excellent example, aptly illustrates these social conventions....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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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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Disguises in Homer's Odyssey

- Disguises in Homer's Odyssey      In Homer's Odyssey, disguises help convey a false identity that assist the characters in accomplishing their plans.  Each disguise has its own purpose, such as Athene's image as Mentor to advise Telemachos.  Her purpose was to assist and encourage Telemachos into searching news of his long lost father without revealing her true identity of divinity.  Being old and wise, and especially male, helps put more power behind the words spoken by Mentor because men were received with greater influence than women were.  Similar, Odysseus, through his clever use of false storytelling and disguises as "nobody" and a vagabond, is able to safely return to Ithaka and s...   [tags: Homer Odyssey disgody]

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The Art of Manipulation in Homer's Odyssey

- The Art of Manipulation in Homer's Odyssey   They sit, entranced in the magic of his words. He pauses. On the edge of their seats, they await in silence his next utterance. The one spoken of is not a bard or man refined in the art of song, but rather a warrior scarred and hardened through intense conflict. He has a special mastery of the spoken language that enraptures his audience and a gift that endows him to command and persuade them without physical force. This man is a manipulator of words, a subtle combatant....   [tags: Homer Odyssey]

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The Theme of Love in The Odyssey by

- Throughout the story The Odyssey there are many themes that represent major parts of the story. The main theme that stood out to me is love which includes loyalty. “Love is a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person; a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend; or a sexual passion or desire” (dictionary.com). “Loyalty is defined in the Webster's dictionary as faithfulness or devotion to a person, a cause or a duty” (Webster’s dictionary)....   [tags: loyalty, relationship, human nature]

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Struggling Veteran in the Odyssey by Homer

- The Odyssey by Homer is an epic about a man’s return home after fighting in war. The protagonist of the epic is Odysseus, but interactions with and stories of his fellow veterans abound. The story of Agamemnon’s death upon returning home is retold and referred to numerous times and serves as a warning to Odysseus of the dangers that could exist for him in Ithaka. The ghost of Agamemnon is encountered by Odysseus in the land of the dead and is quite changed from the friend he knew and fought with at Troy....   [tags: war, treachery, warrior]

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The Women in The Odyssey

- When reading the epic poem The Odyssey by Homer, modern readers are confronted by a world quite different to their own. The society of the Homeric Greeks was a strong one, with well-defined roles for all members of it. The differences that existed between men and women are quite extreme when first observed at face value: the men went off to war to face the world; the women stayed at home to remain cloistered and protected. While Men and Women's lives take very different paths through the story, there is purpose for the role of each life, therefore making each life powerful....   [tags: World Literature]

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The Epic Of Gilgamesh And The Odyssey

- Women, the daughter of a family, mother of children, wife of a husband, are beautiful beings created by a god. In Creation and the Cosmos, a collection of stories about how the world was created, many of the stories tell us that God created both man and woman. Although both men and women was created by a god, a woman’s obligations were different from a man’s. Since the beginning of mankind, women were viewed as secondary citizens. Even the word “mankind” uses the word man rather than woman. Women are the objects of men, owned by their fathers and husbands....   [tags: Trojan War, Greek mythology, Iliad, Odyssey]

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Free Essays on Homer’s Odyssey: The Goddess Athena

- The Goddess Athena and Homer’s Odyssey In Greek mythology, there are many, many gods and goddesses that the people prayed to on a regular basis for everyday things we take for granted. There was usually a different deity for anything a person wanted to pray for: love, money, children, success or almost anything else one could think of or want. People today are amazed at the number of gods there were and how people could remember which god did what. We study these today but still get easily confused, which is understandable....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays]

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Gender in the Odyssey

- Odysseus' values and character traits serve as a paradigm of the ideal Homeric Greek man. The "god-like Odysseus" is crafty, valiant, wise, and eloquent. He gains much of his knowledge through travel, the meeting of different cultures and peoples and learns from suffering and mistakes. He is an aristocrat and a warrior of all warriors. We first learn of many of these traits in Homer's Iliad. Agamemnon, the commander of the Greek army always calls on Odysseus for assignments that required someone cunning and brilliant....   [tags: World Literature]

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Varying Cultural Structures in Homer's The Illiad and The Odyssey

- ... Furthermore, the notion of “The two men rushed before these [The Elders], and took turns speaking their cases” (Iliad 18.508) supports the presence of a judicial system based on laws. While in the Odyssey, Odysseus starts by accusing the Cyclops of being “Lawless outrageous” (Odyssey 9.105) this account foreshadows one of the aspects of the Cyclops culture, which is the lack of laws. Therefore, this lack of laws indicates the absence of an ordered structure of the culture, unlike the city displayed on Hephaestus’ shield....   [tags: judicial, agriculture, economics]

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Greek Mythology : An Intricate Relationship Between Strength, Wisdom, And Order

- In any demesne, an intricate relationship exists between strength, wisdom, and order. In the Bible, Solomon’s combination of wisdom and strength provides order in his kingdom. This same relationship holds true for the cosmos in Greek mythology. Recognizing the need to combine his strength with wisdom Zeus took as his first wife Metis, “wisest of all, of gods and men”(Theogony 888). And, when Metis was about to give birth, Zeus “deceived her mind / ...and thrust her down / into his belly” (Theogony 890-92)....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Zeus, Athena]

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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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Greek Tragedy : Female Characters That Symbolize Women

- Greek tragedy incorporates female characters that symbolize women in Ancient Greece. Through the portrayal of Antigone in the playwright, Antigone in Antigone by Sophocles and Penelope in the epic poem, The Odyssey by Homer, these two women play opposing roles depicting how they appear to society through their actions. In both of these stories, they embody the ideals of passionate women who are very loyal and brave. Through other female characters in each story such as Penelope and Ismene, we can construct a better view of traits illustrated by Antigone and Penelope....   [tags: Odyssey, Trojan War, Greek mythology, Sophocles]

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The Search For Self - A Critical Analysis Of The Odyssey

- The afternoon was slowly fading into the evening and I had gone the whole day without the figure of my aspiration, my father. I impatiently paced the floor in front of the door like a stalking cat waiting to pounce on its prey. The thoughts of wrestling my father and hear those words of affirmation, “You got me. Mercy. I give up!” filled my head. My father was obviously faking it but there was something about his words that have such power over a young boys life. Mothers are sources of comfort and safety for a young boy but it is the father that defines the identity of a young boy, the father bestows manhood on the boy....   [tags: The Odyssey Homer]

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Women in The Odyssey by Homer

- Female Power in The Odyssey Throughout time women have had to fight hard for respect and the rights that come with it. Many societies have potrayed women as second class citizens, teaching that they should be subservient to men. There have been those who have spent entire lifetimes working to break beyond the traditional concepts of women and power. It is very challenging, however, for the sex to achieve higher status, when a society teaches not to speak out or against men’s wishes....   [tags: essays research papers]

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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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