In an epic poem, The Odyssey, by Homer, Odysseus struggles to come back home while his wife, Penelope, faces barbarous suitors who plague her house to court her for the marriage in order to claim the kingship of Ithaca. With an absence of the man of the household and a son who is not old enough to rule over the country and handle the domestic complications, Penelope endeavors to keep the household orderly and civilized. In order to prevent further chaos in the household, Penelope maintains her role as the Queen of Ithaca and Odysseus’s wife through her loyalty and cunning. For a woman who does not know when her man will return home, Penelope is extremely strong to keep hope and wait for her husband; thus, her unwavering loyalty to her husband
What would you consider loyalty? Would you consider a man who has stayed away from home for twenty years, away from his wife and child, loyal? A man who put himself into life-threatening circumstances for all but no reason, without telling his family? What about a man who slept with multiple women multiple times, while married? Well, Odysseus, from The Odyssey, did all that and more, proving just how loyal he isn’t.
World Literature Paper – Role of Athena and Penelope in The Odyssey Homer’s, The Odyssey is an epic which was written many years ago. At that time, in Ancient Greek society, the dominant role was played by men and the women were considered and given an inferior position. But The Odyssey was often considered a women’s epic because women played an important role. Women in The Odyssey are portrayed as powerful, wise and controlling because they ensure that the illusion of male success will go on - they speak as men through women.
Odysseus is portrayed as a handsome man in the Odyssey because during the Mycenaean and Homeric period men that had any trace of an athlete in them were considered to be good looking because of their masculinity, strength and toned bodies. Whereas in the Penelopiad, Odysseus is portrayed to be the opposite of that. Because Atwood has drawn from the information given in the Odyssey, there is not a clear picture drawn of Odysseus excluding the influence of society’s views during the time, so Atwood has portrayed Odysseus in a way that she sees him. In the 21st Century BCE most men whose strength is in throwing events, like Odysseus, are seen to be short and stocky which is what is seen of where Atwood draws Odysseus’ looks from.
Loyalty is the glue that holds marriages or friendships together. Without loyalty there would be no trust in one another, and all of these relationships would be broken. Loyalty is quite simple to fulfill, but at times can be even easier to fail. Specifically, in marriages, loyalty is not just remaining married to one’s spouse, but is also staying true to all the promises one made, and putting oneself before the other. Loyalty plays a key role in Odysseus’ and Penelope’s marriage in the epic poem “The Odyssey” by Homer, translated by Robert Fagles, but it is debatable if Odysseus is truly loyal to his selfless wife, Penelope.
Charles Frazier wrote his debut novel, Cold Mountain, nearly 2,600 years after Homer’s Odyssey. Despite this time span, many would argue that certain characters in Frazier’s novel are analogous to those in the Odyssey. One such comparison could be made between Ada Monroe and Queen Penelope. Both of these women married army soldiers who went off to battle. Ada’s husband, Inman, is a Confederate soldier of the American Civil War.
Although many characters show different themes from the epic poem The Odyssey by homer, Telemachus represents the theme of coming of age throughout the poem. He shows this theme several times in the book the odyssey. Some examples are from the beginning of the poem, while other examples are from the ending of the poem. An example of Telemachus’ coming of age is when he had helped Odysseus kill the suitors.
Search for the King of Ithaca Greeks have had a massive influence on the modern world and created some of the world 's most recognized pieces of literature. Their stories demonstrated human nature and other things regarding the world. An example of such works would be Penelope by Homer. Penelope was about the wife of Odysseus who was left behind while he went to war for 10 years. It also took him 10 years to return which totaled 20 years without Odysseus or even hearing about him.
This quote is very important because Odysseus and Penelope finally reunited after long years. Odysseus and Penelope have a strong relationship because Penelope shows loyalty, love, and faith. Odysseus loyalty is in his battles to get home to his wife. Penelope's loyalty is steady as she waits for Odysseus while raising their son, staying faithful to him and refusing to take a suitor. The quote represents the love they share across miles and over the years is very resisting as both promise that they will be reunited.
The power of love is greater than the love of power. Iphonious, Telemachus’s beloved son has fallen head over heels in love with the charming nymph, Ceria. However, if Iphonious chooses to please his heart and love Ceria, he will unwillingly relinquish his throne. Iphonious and Ceria knew they were meant for each other the moment they locked eyes. It does not do any soul good to govern love at first sight.