The two men pray to Greek gods for Emily's love and hand in marriage, but Emily secretly prays to stay single until she finds true love. The irony used in the Knight’s tale is Chaucer’s way of pointing out that life is unpredictable, is not fair and comes with joys and sorrows. The two men who are in love with are unable to have her as a lover and Emily does not care much for them. Emily only wants herself to feel happy and she will wait until she finds the right
Penelope is a flat character, being the wife of Odysseus she is courted by many suitors yet still stays fiercely loyal to her husband. She displays the value ancient Greeks placed in the loyalty of women. The sea is a huge symbol that stands for life’s difficulties through all its joys and heartbreaks. Argus, Odysseus’ dog, is a symbol of loyalty since he is the first to recognize the hero, even in his disguise and is so happy that it finally dies in peace. Hospitality was possibly the single most important motif in the Odyssey because it reflected Xenia, the most important concept to
89-92). She also becomes emotionally unstable in the wake of Odysseus’ disappearance, becoming easily swayed by her son’s words and reaching brief moments of clarity, before regressing back to “weeping/ for Odysseus, her husband”... when she mount[s] to her room again” (1. 410-412). But despite Penelope’s fragile state, she is still seen as being preferable over Kalypso due to the belief that it was good for women to depend on men. The quotes illustrate the clear divide
This constantly reminds readers of why Odysseus has to be back in Ithaca. As suiters “feed on another’s goods and go scot-free” and aim to marry Penelope, Homer vividly describes how Telemachus is not able to handle the uproar of the suitors and Penelope “[falls] to weeping for Odysseus, her beloved husband.” By knowing this information – that is blind to Odysseus but not to the readers – the readers are able to understand the urgency of Odysseus’s household. By doing this, Homer emphasizes not only Odysseus’s responsibility as a ruler, but also his duty as a husband and a father, leading readers to regard Penelope as the main drive for Odysseus’s grand journey. Therefore, the readers are able to deduce that the reason Odysseus has to return home is to protect his household, especially Penelope who is continuously forced to marry one of the
With reference to her cries and hopeless feeling towards the situation she was facing that time, it is not hard to see that Penelope has a strong desire for the return of her husband for her life. Taking the words of Eryximachus in the symposium into consideration, where he concludes that love cause happiness and other good actions (188d-e), the reason of why Penelope would cry for her husband for a lot of times can be proved with the opposite of the saying that people would feel unhappy without love. Since the couple in the story has been separated for almost twenty years, being in lack of love from Odysseus, Penelope would feel frustrated and desperate with the absence of her husband. All in all, taking the dialogue between Odysseus and Penelope in Book 19 of the Odyssey into account, their love relationship can be discussed and analyzed with the love philosophies mentioned by Aristophanes, Phaedrus and Eryximachus in the
Some would argue that love conquers all and that the lack of trust should not dissolve a marriage. However, that is not the case in Othello’s marriage and in most marriages worldwide. When their trust was broken, Othello turned against Desdemona and was unable to see her as the person he once married. In the beginning of the play Othello tells Iago Desdemona had became” [his] soul’s joy,” since they met and believes their marriage will last (II.I.200). Even though Othello believe Desdemona would be loyal to him because,” she had eyes and chose [him]” they still hadn’t been married for a long time when their trust was tested (III.III.194).However, when
Well, the love runs very deep and never falters in him, and reunion of Gatsby and Daisy has rekindled the love, after all these countless odds that he defeated extraordinarily. But, one of the last two things about the dark side of Gatsby is the attempt to break the marriage of Daisy and her husband Tom. Yes, in the confrontational scene, Gatsby demands that Daisy admits that she never, ever loved Tom at all, but, the result was not expected by Gatsby. “I did love [Tom] once,” says Daisy, “but I loved you too.” This phrase has protected the marriage from being broken, and Gatsby has never, ever got the woman he wants. The last of the two last things about the dark side of Gatsby is the tragic death caused by George Wilson (before George commits his suicide).
In the Odyssey by Homer, one heroic trait that Odysseus shows his preeminence which articulates the Greek cultural value of leading your men to victory. For example, the theme is made apparent when Odysseus visualizes “Bow to stem, trying to put heart into them, standing over every oarsmen, gently” (782, book 12). This shows that Odysseus knows his men can overcome the fear of dying and can save themselves. This is important because Odysseus’ trait is guidance and he strongly portrays that. Another example is when Odysseus, and his men are yet again on the threshold of demise by a whirlpool Heavyweight named Charybdis.
Odysseus does not derive his greatness from his quest but because of his “unwavering devotion...in particular to the love of his own wife” (Adler 246). His true desire is to be reunited with Penelope. For this very reason, Odysseus does not reciprocate the attraction that Calypso
Although she was physically strong, independent, and brave, she was often impulsive towards men and those who made her feel threated (GoGreece). Artemis is important to Greek mythology because she embraces the various facets of being a strong, independent woman (GreekResearch). As a child, she requested from her father, Zeus, 6 wishes which are the following: 80 virgin nymphs to accompany her, hounds to protect her, stags to lead her chariot, bow and arrows, to be able to live purely, and most importantly, eternal virginity (ArtemisTheArcher). Because she was dedicated to living chaste, she encouraged her nymphs to stay pure as well. If her nymphs failed to be pure, she would kill them such as when Zeus seduced one of her nymphs, Artemis transformed into a
She had two reasons to dislike the boy: firstly, she was annoyed that her husband could have such strong feelings for Ganymede, and secondly, that Ganymede was to take up the position that had once been held by her daughter, Hebe, the goddess of youth. However, Zeus ignored his wife and brought Ganymede, who was often riding on Aquila and always carrying the golden cup, along on his travels. Ganymede was very kind, and he begged Zeus to allow him to give the people
“But of course I’ll say I was.” Gatsby said this proving that he would do anything to protect Daisy, which demonstrates how much he really does love her. After all those years of being apart and going through a war Gatsby never gave up on his love for Daisy. Likewise, Fitzgerald never stopped loving his wife, even through the bad times. He married a woman named Zelda; later on in life she started suffering from mental issues. (Biography.com) Fitzgerald never left his wife, and despite all his alcoholism he never got violent with her.