Three virtues appear to the book ’s protagonist Christine after she breaks down regarding how horribly men treat women. Lady Reason, the breakout of the virtues, explains to Christine that she is to be a champion for her sex and help defend females. She convinces her that there are many powerful women throughout history, telling her stories of incredible and intelligent women. One of her stories focuses on the Amazons, a powerful tribe of women who struck fear into men’s hearts in the ancient world.
What sets them apart is the way they respond to their situations they are put in. They each have their own unique characteristics. Helen, the most stunning mortal woman in The Odyssey, is enchanted by a goddess to have an affair with Paris. She is stolen from her husband, which leads him to start a large war. Helen is hated by
Athena offered him fame and wisdom, Aphrodite offered him the love of the most beautiful mortal women in the world named Helen, and Hera offered him power. Paris choose well obviously Aphrodite. However, when Paris stole Helen from a Greek King and took her to Trojan. He had started the Trojan War. Even though there was a bad outcome for others Aphrodite however did get the golden apple.
Pandora is the story that indicates women as a source of justice in Hesiod’s perspective. Pandora is the mortal female who sent by the god “Zeus” to punish humans. Zeus was anger when seeing people not giving him honor, so he sent a beautiful girl with a jar full of evil, sickness, and death. Once she opened the jar, mortality was disappeared. Through this example, we can conclude that Hesiod illustrates that Pandora herself has strength, a mind, and a voice letting her bring evils for humanity.
In Heroes, Gods, and Monsters of the Greek Myths by Bernard Evslin, Jealousy is a characteristic that all the gods have. They usually can't contain their jealousy and that leads them to do bad things, like killing or punishing people. One god is actually known for being full of envy, her name is Hera. Zeus is always having affairs and not being faithful to his wife, Hera. Because of Zeus’s infedelities, Hera always watches out for him and she can never stop being jealous.
Penelope is Odysseus’ wife who is faced with many suitors in her home on Ithaca. She is a very powerful woman in this epic being that she is married to Odysseus and is the mother of his son, Telemachus. Since Odysseus has not returned from the war and is assumed dead, many suitors try to replace him by taking Penelope's hand in marriage and Odysseus' property. She has been holding them off by making the excuse that she must first finish weaving a shroud for
Metamorphoses portrays women as very sexual creatures and are blamed because their beauty attracts the Gods ‘attention. In this epic, women have more of a stronger portrayal an independent presence. This epic doesn’t portray very many obedient female characters, rather it displays defiant ones. When compared to the female presence in the Quran, Metamorphoses had drastically different views on
In the play Antigone, written by Sophocles, burial customs of the ancient Greeks play an extensive role. The women of the family perform the burial rites, and believed that if their distinct methods were not followed, the soul is destined to suffer between worlds until the correct rites were performed. Antigone, the sister of Polynices and Eteocles, is aware of this and is not going to stand by and let her brother, Polynices, linger between worlds in pain, after being killed by Eteocles. With her ambition and determination she does the deed, and of doing so she follows the god's laws, but breaks Creon’s laws in the midst of it. Creon is also aware of the burial rites but still decides, through his stubbornness, that Polynices shall not be performed these rites, because of his actions against Thebes.
Niobe is the daughter of Tantalus. She bore seven sons and seven daughters of her own, and she thought very highly of them. When she bragged to the gods about how wonderful her children were, she offended Leto. As punishment for the offense, Leto sent the twin gods Artemis (goddess of the hunt) and Apollo (god of music among many other things) to kill each of Niobe’s children. Niobe watched as her children were shot down one by one, and this sent her into shock.
In Indian society, woman occupies a vital position and honoured place. The Vedas glorified women as the mother, the creator, one who gives life and worshipped her as a ‘Devi' or Goddess. But their glorification was rather mythical for at the same time, in India women found herself totally suppressed and subjugated in a patriarchal society. Male violence against women are worldwide phenomenon. Fear of violence is an important factor in the lives of most women.
Odysseus’ speech to Nausicaa in Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey highlights the wit of his dialogue with his hidden meaning, respect for the gods, and cautious behavior. Odysseus is always on his toes when talking to anyone. He always seems to find a plan to get his way. When Odysseus is talking to Nausicaa he is thinking about what he needs.