Readers experience many substories that mimic the thematic tales of The Odyssey. In Book I the metaphorical stage is set "in medias res" as the Greek Gods discuss Odysseus’ predicament. The story starts twenty years after Odysseus has left his infant son Telemachus with his patient wife Penelope. As he goes to fight against Troy in Homer’s previous tale The Iliad. Both Agamemnon and Odysseus, have wives besieged by suitors and a son who, logically, dislikes them.
Whether if they were written as sirens to lure men to their death or strong females that help them on their way. 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
“Pain-more pain than any living woman, my lord, my lion heart, gone, long ago” (74.774-5). When Telemachus is introduced, we see Athena confirm the picture that is painted while he daydreams about the demise of the suitors, that he is a character that is incapable of commanding even his own home without the help of his father. “Ah, bitterly you need Odysseus, then” (9.300). In the scene when Odysseus meets his mother in Hades, she says that she didn’t die of natural causes, but “only my loneliness for you, Odysseus, took my life away” (191.210-1). She also reveals the fate of his father, Laertes, “Your father is country bound and comes to town no more” (191.210-1).
When Calypso is asking Odysseus why he doesn’t love her, he responds with,”’Nevertheless I long-I pine, all my days-to travel home and see the dawn of my return,’” (Odysseus/page 159/lines 242-243). This quote proves that Odysseus’ love for Penelope is a main part of what drives him to return to Ithaca. Had Penelope been dead or non existent, Odysseus may have not wanted to return home. When Odysseus is talking to Penelope as a beggar, he tells her,”’I have heard that Odysseus now, at last, is on his way…’” (Odysseus/page 399/line 310). Odysseus tells this to Penelope to see if she is still in love with him.
Back when Eurycleia, Odysseus's loyal old maid, was washing the old beggar, she realizes Odysseus's disguise when she sees his scar that led to his name. As soon as she realizes her king, she “glanced at Penelope, keen to signal her” (Homer, Od, 19.539). Although Penelope was being distracted by Athena's divine intervention, Eurycleia's immediate reaction and Penelope's coincidental location seems a bit too suspicious to be an accident. Penelope has proven many times over the poem that she is just as clever and witty as her husband. Like kindred souls, it would not be unusual for her if she also tests those close to her to confirm their loyalty.
In the story The Odyssey, Odysseus males many allies and enemies while trying to get back home. In the Epic The Odyssey by Homer, the hero Odysseus is trying to get back to the land Ithaca from the Trojan War. For the past ten years, Odysseus has been facing obstacles such as monsters, vengeful gods, and living god 's while traveling back home. For another ten years, Odysseus was stuck in the war against the Trojans who lost. On the way home, Odysseus has been tested on his ability to survive and be a good hero.
Attention getter: Faithful: true to one’s word, promises, vows, etc. Background information: The Odyssey written by Homer is about Odysseus’ 10 year journey home after the Trojan War. Along the way Odysseus battles the wrath of the Greek gods. His wife Penelope and his son Telemachus fight off the suitors for Penelope's hand on the throne. Holding them back long enough for Odysseus to return back to Ithaca.
Athena: Plot Twister In The Odyssey, Athena is the most influential god and does a lot to change the story. If it weren’t for her, the book would be completely different and probably about Ulysses’s tragic death when he was on his way home instead of him making it home and slaying the suitors. In the chapter, Of What Happened in Ithaca, Athena appeared in the story in the form of Mentes and told Telemachus that he should go seek out his father. “Then said Mentes: “It is indeed time that Ulysses should come back and put an end to such doings. But it is time also that you should do something for yourself.
Penelope was able to put off the wooers for so many years because she was just like her husband. She was a liar, crafty, and clever. Penelope always said that she would pick one of the suitors after she was finished weaving, but instead of actually weaving she would show her doing it during the day and then at night she would pull the thread out. She did this every night for three years until she got caught and had no more excuses. She did this every day hoping that odysseus would come
Their authority showed the idea behind an old proverb, which states, “Behind every great man there’s a great woman”. Throughout The Odyssey, the women exemplified their power during the course of Odysseus’ journey. Odysseus’ wife, Penelope, bravely held down the front in Ithaca while her husband struggled to find his way back home. In Book 18, Penelope spoke to the ever-so-desperate suitors about what Odysseus “told” her before he left. She claimed “He caught my right hand.