In the The Odyssey, however, Homer told a story containing a lot more respect towards female characters. Examples are the heroines Penelope and Athena. The Odyssey is a rare ancient Greek literature to include such female characters with strong characteristics. This leads readers to believe Homer greatly respected women and therefore the regard towards women reflected in his stories. Homer told The Odyssey with strong heroines to allow his audience to perceive women as stronger individuals, attempting to change Greece's patriarchal society.
A womans level of involvement in any circumstance was entirely dominated by the allowance from male authority. In the epic poem The Odyssey the author Homer was put in the unique position of portraying women in a light they had not been seen in before. Women in The Odyssey function as both obstacles and guides, and are contrastingly portrayed as both powerful and subservient. Women in The Odyssey, are contrastingly portrayed as both almighty gods, and powerless mortals. The goddesses play very controlling, and demanding roles in the epic.
What is worth mentioning in Sophocles’ play is that he not only showed the weak side of women but also the strong ones. For example, Ismene is the traditional role of women in ancient Greek—coward, fear of men power and feeble. For Ismene, "we must remember we were born women, not meant to strive with men" (Antigone). She even chose to die with Antigone while hearing her sentence, for she was afraid that she would be alone, she could not be able to fight against Creon, this men-dominant society. In contrast, her sister Antigone presents the “women power”.
Women’s power to seduce men signifies their importance and superiority over men. Contrary to popular belief at the time, women play highly significant roles towards heroes and the male figures in The Odyssey. They give them aid, try to trick them, or seduce them with their irresistible looks. The women may not play the hero or partake in the main conflict, but they remain in the background, influencing the men in many ways. There are many other roles that women play, but these are the most
Within the lines and stanzas of this epic, we also see the roles women represent in Ancient Greece. Females can most often be seen to assume various positions, but specifically within The Odyssey, these forms are taken by the adulteress, the housewife, and the divine goddess. With that in mind, in many a Grecian tale, it is said that women could be categorized as virgin or philanderer, to put it
Adultery. The idea of a wife to be obedient and loyal to her husband at any cost was developed during those times. In other societies such as the Greek they had the same thoughts and ideas about the role of the women in it but in a more humane manner. The wife didn’t have the authority to tell her husband what to do, and she had to respect and follow all of his decisions but didn’t seem to be over controlling of women over there as it was considered a cultural practice rather than a law that did forbid the wife to do these things and if she doesn’t she shall be killed. The Persians and the Egyptians held high respects for their wives, and they considered them not like their property but as their assistance in jobs and family matters’ the king said to the
The Final Journey The Odyssey The odyssey was written near the end of the 8th century BC. It was based on the Greek hero Odysseus going back to his home after the fall of Troy. In the Odyssey it gave a chance to understand the importance in the relationship between god and human, man and won and etc. The women played an important role in the odyssey. She is unique in their personality and relationship toward men.
While the women in the Epic of Gilgamesh may not be the primary focus of the epic, which instead recounts more of Gilgamesh’s own trials and travails, they still play quite vital roles in their interactions with both Enkidu and Gilgamesh. Women such as Shamhat, Ninsun, and Ishtar in The Epic of Gilgamesh are often portrayed with a particular emphasis on their intrinsic connections to civilization—and in the case of Shamhat and Ninsun, in terms of their motherly characteristics as well—which serves as their primary influence over men. When taken into account with Gilgamesh’s overarching quest for immortality, this inherent connection that women have to civilization, and particularly so through their roles as mothers of not just a single character,
Women have been oppressed in male dominant societies since ancient times and still are in some present-day societies. Homer’s The Odyssey gives insights into the Greek culture through the story of Odysseus and the challenges he faces in attempts of returning home to Ithaca. The epic poem revolves around men, or in particular, their hardships and accomplishments while rarely providing women’s perspective of life. Millay’s “An Ancient Gesture” empathizes with Penelope’s difficulties and admires her fortitude, while the poem addresses Odysseus’s fault with his lack of understanding and empathy. In “An Ancient Gesture” Millay implies that the hardships women cope with are undermined using symbolism, vivid imagery, and subtle diction.
Penelope’s power does not only derive from her position in her household, it also derives from her character. Her worth is measured by her action and choices and what others thinks of her. She is praised by men and placed on a level of status only equaled to men. The obvious role she played was to help her husband and his return, but the more complex one is her impact on the society and its rules that Homer depicted. Penelope was in the epic a woman who was wielding power in a misogynistic society, and she had to bend and break rules to gain and justify the authority she had over