An Outline Of Penelope In Homer's The Odyssey

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Attention getter: Faithful: true to one’s word, promises, vows, etc.

Background information: The Odyssey written by Homer is about Odysseus’ 10 year journey home after the Trojan War. Along the way Odysseus battles the wrath of the Greek gods. His wife Penelope and his son Telemachus fight off the suitors for Penelope's hand on the throne. Holding them back long enough for Odysseus to return back to Ithaca. As Odysseus loses all his crew throughout the journey, he finally returns home from his long brutal voyage. Penelope and Odysseus finally reconnect after being apart for so long.

Thesis statement: Throughout the Odyssey, Penelope proves to Odysseus that she is loyal by not turning against Odysseus, grieving over him, and by never cheating on him with the suitors.




Topic Sentence: Penelope is truly loyal to Odysseus because it was not her fault the suitors were forcing her to go against Odysseus.


Penelope didn’t want to go against
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Connection to society/reason to care: Penelope is a great person for society to care about. She is a loyal person, and she also remained loyal to the person she loved most. Society should follow in her footsteps because she never cheated on her husband even though they have been apart for so long. And that is a great example for other people because they should always be loyal to the person they love no matter how much they see each other, or how much bad stuff they have been through.

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