Penelope was extremely clever in this act. Threatening the suitors by saying that the men who give bad gifts will not be chosen to be her suitor was a brilliant idea. Penelope’s intelligent thinking led to her receiving marvelous gifts. This also helped Penelope stall in hopes of Odysseus’s imminent
Penelope, Odysseus’ wife, is one of the many characters in this novel who is faithful to Odysseus, which she shows by not marrying anybody else. In Book 2, Penelope tells suitors that she will marry one of them once she finishes weaving the shroud. Every day, she weaves more of it, “and every night she would unweave by torchlight.” (2.114) Because Penelope purposefully never completes the shroud, she never marries any suitors, and that shows her devotion to Odysseus. Likewise, in Book 21, Penelope comes to the storeroom in order to talk to her suitors, telling them that “whoever bends this bow and slips the string on its notch...with him will I go,” (21.71,74). Penelope tricks the suitors into thinking they have a chance of marrying her; she knows that only Odysseus can work the bow and arrow, so none of the suitors will succeed.
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
I analyze how Penelope uses her situation to her advantage, and how that undermines the patriarchy. The fourth and final paragraph compares Helen to Penelope to show how the patriarchy is so quick to put cruel diminishing labels on woman. Finally I have a work cited page containing the Odyssey, where I found all the supporting quotes for my paper. Penelope is one of several woman characters in
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).
The “Brave” Journey Home Greek mythology has had a profound impact on the world of literature and art. Tales that were created to explain natural phenomena and to teach moral lessons have gone way beyond their original purpose. For example, the story of Queen Penelope and King Odysseus is the tale that depicts the importance of loyalty. Penelope is the wife of Odysseus and the mother of their son Telemachus. At this point in time Odysseus has been gone for 20 years and is trying to make his way back to Ithaca, the country of which they rule.
After Odysseus had defeated Troy, he ended up on an island with the beautiful goddess Calypso. He felt obligated to remain with her in a perfect paradise for seven years. However, throughout the entire time he was trapped with Calypso, Odysseus felt that he was wanted elsewhere. Thus, he longed to return to his home and to his dearly loved Penelope. Odysseus’ passion for being with his wife ultimately won the call for him to return home.
By doing so, she allows herself more time to really focus on her son, instead of him worrying about adjusting to a new father who most likely would not have his best interest in mind. He got a better childhood as he never actually had to face a father like that, and penelope gave up an easy road in order for him to have that life. When it comes to sacrifice, much of what Penelope does for Telemachus is emotional. She really kept a spirit up that Odysseus was alive and would one day return. “Your child may see Dad all the time, or Dad may be out of the picture--or anything in between.
This revelation relieves Penelope and she accepts him as her long-lost husband. For the first time in twenty years they spend a blissful night in their special bed. I believe Odysseus treated women, including his wife with respect and compassion. The fact that his wife is such a strong woman is a testimony to