Roles Of Women In Homer's Odyssey

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The odyssey, an epic story, written by Homer portrays women in several different ways and therefore women play an important role. Set in a period close to the Trojan War, Men were recognized as of higher status then women, and were seen as the stronger gender. Stereotypically, a woman was judged by the wealth and position of her husband or father. A woman would be required to be married at a youthful age and have children. Typically, women were not educated. They learned the basics of the household; weaving, spinning, cooking, sewing and other household jobs. The accounts of Odysseys feature four main types of women: the goddess, the seductress, the witch and the good wife. They range from the faithful Penelope all the way to the malevolent
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