On the way there he bounces from island to island introducing himself to everyone he meets, and embraces every diversion possible on the way home to Penelope. Although Odysseus kills the suitors when he gets back to Ithaca showing he is loyal to Penelope, the choices that he makes on the way home show his is not loyal because he cheats on her, is not in a hurry to get home, and does not tell Penelope when he gets home. As Odysseus made his way home he made choices so he could get home, but
Penelope on the other hand kept faith in Odysseus. She never lost hope that one day he’d come home. Many suitors want to Ithaca to try to take Penelope's hand in marriage, but she refused, believing that
She refuses to give up her own life along side Anticlea if there is even the slightest chance that Odysseus is yet alive (Konchalovsky). This shows Penelope’s loyalty to Odysseus because she continues to believe and hope of the prospect of Odysseus’s homecoming. Another way Penelope conveys loyalty is with the shroud she is to make to mourn the assumed death of her husband. She is supposed to weave the
There has been much debate in the book the Odyssey by the poet Homer if Penelope has been faithful to Odysseus out of fear or love.Now I can say for sure that Penelope has been faithful to Odysseus out of love because a lot of evidence supporting this is good. The Odyssey is about our main character Odysseus, who after winning the Trojan war has been sailing the seas trying to get home for twenty years, losing all his men and getting home after a long time while Penelope has been trying to fend off the suitors with her maids and slaves. On the book The Odyssey by Homer, the author discusses how Penelope has been waiting this entire time if she has been faithful or not. In the Penelopiad in the first two pages, Penelope discovered the truth after the Odyssey and she stated herself that she had been faithful the entire time and Penelope has been seen time and time again to be good so we can trust her on that. Second look at differently translated version of the Odyssey, in the first and second about Penelope and Telemachus, it shows that Penelope did in fact missed Odysseus.
Penelope back in Ithaca also remained faithful even with the many suitors in her home. This trust can be seen in military wives and soldiers. Odysseus is the soldier fighting in a different country wanting to go home.There's also trust that they would return home safely, just like Penelope and Telemachus knew that Odysseus would return. Odysseus’ return was vital to Penelope's faithfulness. “Who sends an arrow through iron ax-helve sockets, twelve in line?” (page 699 line 1117-1118).
Odysseus is a hero because all of the suitors were invading his home when Telemachus and Penelope did not like it. In The Odyssey, Odysseus and Telemachus fought every single suitor until they were all dead. This shows Odysseus is a hero because it is what everyone wanted, is the suitors to leave. Also in The Odyssey, when Penelope heard Odysseus was home she was filled with joy and fainted from so much excitement. This shows Odysseus is a hero because Penelope was saved by him and now he has returned back home to her.
She is as wise as Odysseus so doubts his return because he does not look the same anymore. She tests him by asking Eurycleia to move their bed outside of the room for him. This is impossible since they both know that the bed is built from an olive tree grew in their palace and is immovable (Book 23, lines 196-198). So to prove to his wife that he built the bed and knows that it’s secured to the ground Odysseus tells them that if you move the bed it may be destroyed. This revelation relieves Penelope and she accepts him as her long-lost husband.
Odysseus’ passion for being with his wife ultimately won the call for him to return home. Although he knew he was leaving a flawless paradise, he departed to settle his business back home. Calypso wished for Odysseus to stay, but also knew Odysseus had a responsibility to his family back home. Thus, Odysseus left to bring peace to his loving and faithful Penelope. It is an aspect of human nature that drives one to crave companionship,
After a journey for more than twenty years, Odysseus finally went back home with an identity of a strayed beggar and met his wife Penelope in book 19 of the Odyssey. In light of the love philosophies mentioned by several speakers in another book, the Symposium, the love relationship between Odysseus and Penelope can be further discussed by examining the dialogue between the couple in Book 19. First and foremost, at the beginning of the chapter, before the conversation between the couple started, regardless the background of the beggar-like Odysseus, Penelope treated him as any guest would do, and let him take a seat and asked him questions things about her long lost husband, despite her guest was being look down and discriminated by
They drinking Odysseus’ wine, and feasting on his herds. This does not make Penelope happy, which makes her even less likely to pick a suitor. This is harmful to the suitors wants and wishes because one of them will not be chosen now. Finally, a beggar that runs errands and does things for the suitors named Irus takes after their disrespectful habits and presents Odysseus with very negative displays of hospitality. When Odysseus asks to share Irus’ begging turf, he refuses and threatens Odysseus.