Examples Of Ambiguity In The Odyssey

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One of the greatest epic poems, The Odyssey, written by the Homeric bard, displays obvious issues for Penelope of whether Odysseus, her spouse, is alive. The way she reacts to her lost husband is physiologically explained as high boundary ambiguity. This is scientifically defined as the physical or mental loss of a loved-one leaving a person, or thing, psychologically present. Because Penelope keeps her husband, Odysseus psychologically present by thinking about their past and hoping for his return, she is severely depressed and anxious, and her emotional state causes dysfunction and chaos in her immediate family and in the greater community.
Penelope keeps Odysseus psychologically present by thinking about their past and hoping for his return. Constantly wanting to spend time with her missing husband, Penelope often finds herself worrying and thinking of Odysseus. One night in particular after crying over her spouse when the bard referenced her husband, “she withdrew to her own room . . . [and] fell asleep weeping for Odysseus, her beloved husband, till watchful Athena sealed her eyes with …show more content…

Throughout the first four books of the Odyssey, Penelope is often distressed and unable to get things done due to the loss of her husband. When the anyone reminds her of her husband, Penelope is immediately saddened, therefore reminding the ones who surround her of their lost king. High Boundary Ambiguity is a common diagnosis for people who have lost a loved one, physically or psychologically, but still are in someone's life either psychologically or physically. Penelope is unable to cope with the loss of her husband because she is constantly reminiscing in their memories and wondering if he could return causing distress to her and the greater

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