Penelope And The Suitors By Dorothy Parker And John William Waterhouse

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Greek Mythology can be considered an influential source for many poets and authors of today 's age. Many have stories that teach valuable life lessons or just to tell you not to do something. To give an example, the story of Penelope and the suitors show you must always keep hope and withstand all distractions to keep you from what you love. In the story of Penelope and the suitors, Penelope is patiently waiting on Odysseus to return from the Trojan War, even though people are lining up outside her house asking for her hand in marriage, so they could become king of Ithaca. Both Dorothy Parker and John william Waterhouse take this story and shows how it relates to the world today. Both Dorothy Parker and John William Waterhouse use this to show that even though some distractions in life, never let it set you back from keeping hope and trust in loved ones. Penelope was the wife of the king of Ithaca, Odysseus, and after he did not show up at Ithaca after the Trojan War, suitors showed up trying to gain Penelope 's hand in marriage. In the painting Penelope and the Suitors, John William Waterhouse uses the visual effect of Penelope ignoring the suitors to show she is irritated by the suitors and chooses to ignore them instead of embracing them as she is still waiting for Odysseus, while in her poem “Penelope”, Dorothy Parker uses the same scene to show Penelope is waiting on Odysseus and she would rather do everyday things than marry the suitors. The author Dorothy Parker was
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