Love In Odysseus And The Odyssey

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Love is a very common theme in greek mythology. Most of the myths are older and may seem like they don’t apply to us today but they do. In the myth of Penelope and Odysseus, Penelope waits for husband to return from war for a long time. In this time she could have married another man because she didn’t know if her husband would return, but she loved him so much and believed in Odysseus and stayed loyal to him. In the painting Penelope and the suitors, John William Waterhouse uses the myth of Penelope to show that people try to persuade others with affection to make bad choices so we have to be loyal and determined to stay on the right path and make good choices, while in the poem “Penelope”, Dorothy Parker uses the same scene to show that…show more content…
In the painting Penelope is sitting minding her own business on the loom while suitors are all around her. This shows loyalty in Penelope because even though so many men want her she stayed true to her husband who is away at war. The suitors are showing Penelope affection and are in awe over how beautiful she is. This gives a mood of admiring and because the suitors are admiring her and trying to get her love. This also sets a mood of determination because the suitors are determined to get Penelope’s love even though she keeps ignoring…show more content…
John lived in Rome and England ( “Biography of Waterhouse.”). John was called nino throughout most of his younger years ( “John William Waterhouse.” Britannica School). John was born into a family of artist learning skills of being and artist at an early age (“John William Waterhouse.” Artble). John studied at royal academy pursuing sculpture then switched to painting in 1874 ( “John William Waterhouse.” Britannica School). “John was a English painter for the victorian era known for his large scale paintings of classical mythological subjects” (“John William Waterhouse.” Britannica School). John married Esther Kenworthy in 1883 (“Biography of Waterhouse.”). John was honored as an associate member at royal academy in 1885 (“John William Waterhouse.” Britannica School). John mainly painted in oils but was elected to the royal institute of painters in watercolor ( “Biography of Waterhouse.”). “In 1901 he moved to St. Johns Wood and joined the St. Johns Wood art club and was on the advisory council” ( “Biography of Waterhouse.”). John was thought of as a pre-raphaelite, the themes in his work reflected the same ideas by pre-raphaelite brotherhood” (“John William Waterhouse.” Artble). John had a pretty quiet life showing no evidence of major drama that his paintings showed (“John William Waterhouse.” Artble). John was a romantic artists, he had a passion for painting beautiful females
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