about each other that no one else does, sometimes they even have secret signs that only the other will recognize. This is the same case for Penelope and Odysseus in Homer’s The Odyssey; even though they have been apart for almost 20 years, and Odysseus is in disguise, Penelope still recognizes him. In their conversation, Odysseus drops clues that only Penelope would recognize and says things to make her suspicious causing her to realize that Odysseus finally came back. If you saw someone 20 years
Penelope has a very active conscious and sub-conscious. At times, it is difficult to distinguish which acts are being committed by her consciously and which are being committed subconsciously. With this in mind, it is beneficial to think of her cleverness being illustrated on both levels. Penelope exhibits at several different points that she is incredibly clever and manipulative. Although, to see these acts as acts of cleverness, you have to take an inferred viewpoint that Penelope recognizes
In addition to being a loving and loyal daughter, Penelope portrays the perfect faithful, obedient, and loving wife to Odysseus and Telemachus,and sets an example for woman in ancient Greece. Penelope is loyal to Odysseus for the 20 years he was away on his journey. Even when it appeared that Odysseus had passed on, she still had faith that he would return. She resisted the suitors on the sole basis that she loved Odysseus and could not see herself with another man, when he could still be alive.
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
Penelope is possibly the most interesting character in the Odyssey. Cunning, forgiving, and kind, she rules the kingdom and raises her son without her true love. The poem, “Penelope” by James Harrison represents Penelope holding her pent up anger inside, and her internal debate over the suitors. Harrison uses the literary device, caesura, to illustrate Penelope’s feelings. The first example of this is, “Oh, I have no illusions as to what he’s been up to all these years -- a sea nymph here, a minor
remained loyal to himself and to Penelope. On the other hand, Penelope has been waiting for 20 years for Odysseus return and throughout those years she has held off the suitors and remained loyal to Odysseus. Penelope and Odysseus deserve each other. Penelope was being sought after by many of the suitors trying to make her their wife in her time of despair so that they can take control of Ithaca and Penelope's heart along with it. But throughout everything Penelope remained loyal to Odysseus, even
Her comment is important to note in the plot because it shows how Penelope might not be able to overpower the suitors with physical strength but she nevertheless knows she has the high ground when it comes to psychological strength. Penelope specifically says, “King Odysseus is no more”(2.105) to play the suitors into believing she has lost faith in her husband. However, we know this is not true and Penelope faithfully waits for Odysseus with hope in her heart that the God’s will help him find his
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
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;
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"
Penelope: In Search of the Feminist in James Joyce Ulysses is an oeuvre in rebellion against society’s standards of race, class, and religion, against traditional images of sexuality and gender. Its final book, “Penelope,” is a reflection of this rebellion, however its true feminist character has been an issue of contention among critics. A more grounded vision of Joyce’s feminism can be found through an understanding of the two main cultural influences that shaped him: Irish-Catholic views
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
In The Penelopaid, Penelope openly shares her flaws and weaknesses of herself and is consequently reliable. Attwood presents Penelope, the wife of Odysseus and her cousin Helen of Troy, in the Underworld reflecting on her life. She has been dead for a few thousand years and now has the opportunity to tell her side of the story. Attwood gives Penelope a voice, allowing her to tell her side of the story from her own point of view. Through the retelling of her story, Penelope discusses her childhood
Comparing The Red Room by H.G. Wells and The Darkness Out There by Penelope Lively The "Red Room" was the earlier of the two stories written in 1896 by H.G. Wells and "The Darkness Out There", written by Penelope Lively was published in1984. The titles of both stories suggest that fear or horror will play a part. "The Darkness Out There" generates an eerie feeling by not defining a specific threat but leaving it open to the imagination. "The Red Room" is not as scary but the use of red
relationship where those opposites become too much to bear? In the Odyssey, Penelope and Odysseus show just this struggle with handling the balancing act of making sure the similarities keep them together while the differences try to tear them apart. Not only did the individual journeys of each spouse test their physical and emotional limits, but it also brought out their true colors. Although their journeys may seem similar, Penelope proves throughout the book to be more loyal to her spouse and a better
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. Homer reveals the feminine psyche in Penelope, a loving and faithful wife to Odysseus. She was loyal to Odysseus the entire time he was away on his journey
“When we read stories of heroes, we identify with them. We take the journey with them. We see how the obstacles almost overcome them. We see how they grow as human beings or gain qualities or show great qualities of strength and courage and with them, we grow in some small way” (Sam Raimi). In movies, TV shows, novels, plays, epics, and other famous works we often see a common thread. A hero, a journey, a villain, obstacles, and finally a happy ending, ringing any bells? A heroic journey is a format
and form?” (487) They just wanted to feel accepted by the men for once and feel as if they have some sort of control in their lives. You may ask yourself: Who could be seen as a role model for women in The Odyssey? The answer to this question is Penelope. By now we realize that "heroes" in epic poems are meant to be role models for the population. In the end will you be a "hero"? Work Cited Homer. The Odyssey. Trans. R. Fitzgerald. Bedford Anthology of World Literature Book. Ed. Davis, Paul et
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
and Kira were compelled to embark on their journeys to prove their doubters wrong, and to find themselves more open towards the outside world. Odysseus, anxious to reunite with Penelope and to finally reveal himself, realized the true perils of life and humility in general. For example, as Odysseus was longing for Penelope and that, “. . .