The Odyssey begins as Odysseus leaves an island he was trapped on for 10 years to go back to his hometown, Ithaca. However, we do not know if he will make it back, as it is highly probable that he will die. The Odyssey is a Greek Epic involving some of their ancient Gods. On the way to Ithaca Odysseus faces many challenges while his wife deals with challenges of her own at their house. Suitors have taken over Odysseus’s home, and are all trying to marry Odysseus’s wife, Penelope.
In an epic poem, The Odyssey, by Homer, Odysseus struggles to come back home while his wife, Penelope, faces barbarous suitors who plague her house to court her for the marriage in order to claim the kingship of Ithaca. With an absence of the man of the household and a son who is not old enough to rule over the country and handle the domestic complications, Penelope endeavors to keep the household orderly and civilized. In order to prevent further chaos in the household, Penelope maintains her role as the Queen of Ithaca and Odysseus’s wife through her loyalty and cunning. For a woman who does not know when her man will return home, Penelope is extremely strong to keep hope and wait for her husband; thus, her unwavering loyalty to her husband
In countless fairy tales and myths, passion is praised as a beautiful and moving emotion. A prince’s passionate kiss awakes his sleeping soul mate; a mother’s passionate love for her daughter makes her journey across the seven seas to find her; a father’s passion and care for his son causes him to sacrifice himself for his son’s life. However, a picture that the stories often don’t paint, is the truth behind passion, how dangerous passion is and the actions it can force one to take. In the tragedy Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, two households, the Montagues and the Capulets, are engaged in a life long feud.
In Homer’s epic, “The Odyssey” he illustrates to the readers a compelling love between Odysseus, the King of Ithaca and his wife Queen Penelope. The couple is separated because of the Trojan War when Odysseus leads his men into battle. Prior to Odysseus’ departure, he communicates to Penelope that if he doesn’t return to Ithaca within 10 years or if he should parish; then she should find another man to marry, become King and raise their infant son, Telemachus. Penelope is distraught at the very thought of him not returning, but gently replies that she will wait upon his return or until Telemachus grows a beard before remarrying. The author takes us on Odysseus’ journey back to Ithaca, but no matter the situation he encompasses, Penelope
Odysseus is selfish and hypocritical person, after twenty-years of being at war he expects to walk in like he has never left. Even once he returns, he continues killing, and demolishing a hundred peaceful suitors. Odysseus leave for the Trojan War twenty-years earlier with men, and returns back to Ithaca with no men.
A Worthy Nurse Romeo and Juliet, a classical piece of literature, written by William Shakespeare, conveys the importance of a maternal figure in a developing teen. Juliet, a young woman of the house Capulets, falls in love with Romeo, of the house of Montague, and marries him with the aid of her Nurse and the priest Friar Laurence. Through much complications, such as Juliet faking her own death, so that she can later be with Romeo. Eventually, both Romeo and Juliet can’t think of living without the other, resulting in both of their deaths. Their deaths weren’t random though as influences from other characters that were close to them played a big role in the actions of the characters.
Lady Macbeth is a very savvy character who really propels this story into motion. In contrast with this, Lady Macduff is a very innocent character who just gets caught up in the mess Lady Macbeth and her husband created. She is presumed to be a good woman and mother and did nothing to deserve her cold-blooded murder. Macbeth is a play with a vast amount of dynamic and contrasting characters but of all of these, Lady Macbeth and Lady Macduff are the most prominent.
“You see, then, [Odysseus] is alive and well, and headed homeward now, no more to be abroad far from his island, his dear wife and son” (1005). Penelope tells the suitors this after a beggar, who is really Odysseus, gives her information about her husband’s return home. Because Odysseus disguised himself as a beggar and told his wife that he was coming home, it helped delay the suitors trying to court his wife. Odysseus becomes the Hero in Disguise because it keeps his throne and wife safe from getting taken over. Odysseus once again becomes the Hero in Disguise while trying to escape from the Cyclops.
This quote near the end of the tale is used by the Wife of Bath to show how the Knight makes the correct move by giving his wife the power of choice; and because of this the hag becomes beautiful and faithful. This choice and its impact is meant to bring the Wife of Bath’s main point, that men should realize and accept how capable women are, and not to treat them so
“Like strength is felt from hope, and from despair” (Homer). Odysseus -the reigning king of Ithaca- took part in the Trojan War for 10 long years. He then ventured on for another 10 years to return to to his homeland of Ithaca. On and on he raced to go home but was challenged with many challenges along his journey. Three major events were when Odysseus got caught in the land of the cyclopes, the journey through the ventures, and when he challenges the suitors to a duel to win back his home and wife.
The Odyssey is an epic poem written by the very well-known Greek poet, Homer. It details the events of Odysseus and the struggles he faced to returning home after the Trojan War. In The Odyssey, King Odysseus of Ithaka has not returned to his homeland for over a decade, and while he is away, a mob of unruly suitors has infringed his palace to court his wife, Queen Penelope of Ithaka. The plot of the book focuses mostly on Odysseus’s voyage home; however, the book illustrates how hard times were for Penelope. Throughout The Odyssey, Penelope has to cope with 108 suitors in her palace harassing her for her hand in marriage and taking advantage of the land.
Does Penelope exhibit any substantial moral agency in Homer’s Odyssey or is she just another pawn in the patriarchal game of getting glory for the guys? I SHALL ARGUE THAT Penelope plays a vital role in the way that the Odyssey plays out. Penelope, unlike other female characters in the classical world, shapes the way that her life unfolds. Through her actions in this epic poem, not only does Penelope create her own destiny, she gets her own glory. Penelope’s key dilemma centered on the instructions given to her by her husband, Odysseus, prior to his journey to fight in the Trojan War.
Women in The Odyssey Gender roles, specifically of women, were a little different back in 700 B.C. They played more of a typical role, expected to get married and have kids at a young age. They were expected to take care of the house and children, while their husbands were out fighting wars. However, while women in The Odyssey were greatly valued for their beauty, Homer reveals that they also had to be intelligent to be successful in their lives.
In Greek epics, tragedies, and mythology women are portrayed in various ways. Women are mainly considered to be weak and less important than men, but there are some women who are shown to be strong and heroic, despite the reputation that was placed onto them in Ancient Greek civilizations. There were two particular women that were strong and took the roles of their husbands while the men left to fight in the Trojan War. These two women were Penelope, wife of Odysseus, and Clytemnestra, wife of Agamemnon. These two women were different in how they chose to rule while their husbands were at war and how they acted once they got back.
Odysseus one of the greatest Greek heroes of the ancient world. The myths of Odysseus are told before and after the Trojan War. The Trojan War lasted 10 years. After the fall of Troy, it took Odysseus ten years to return back to his home. Everyone believed that Odysseus was dead, and his wife and son must deal with suitors.