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
When she decides to make a statement, she addresses all women of Corinth. She describes the world to be unjust, especially to women. Medea believes that women are looked as inferior to men, and even so, men are quick to display their unlikely maltreatment. To her, women have little to no say in their marriage, their bodies, and general society. Medea’s outlook of women is first conveyed through this quote, bringing upon the theme of the state of women within Greece.
While reading the epic, the roles of women seen are the adulteress, who lures characters away from good; the wife, who keeps things in order and represents proper behavior; and the goddess, who supports the plotline and characters. Though the roles of women are not significantly noted by the author within the epic tale, it is important to identify the roles of females in such ancient times. As they were not valued as individuals, but rather as prizes, women lacked recognition. This is a continuity into the modern era, which can begin to be rectified by the identification of female power in places one would not normally look, such as a tale where the protagonist is male. Perhaps women are dishonored in literature, but that doesn’t mean the female race must be dishonored in the
Women in Ancient Greece and The Odyssey In ancient Greek culture, restrictions and rights were affected by one’s gender. Women were mostly treated to be in a lower social class than the men. Men were allowed to do certain actions more freely, such as deciding to be in bed with women other than their wives. Therefore, Greek myths began to reflect from the Greek culture, displaying clear signs of a patriarchal society. In the The Odyssey, however, Homer told a story containing a lot more respect towards female characters.
A womans level of involvement in any circumstance was entirely dominated by the allowance from male authority. In the epic poem The Odyssey the author Homer was put in the unique position of portraying women in a light they had not been seen in before. Women in The Odyssey function as both obstacles and guides, and are contrastingly portrayed as both powerful and subservient. Women in The Odyssey, are contrastingly portrayed as both almighty gods, and powerless mortals. The goddesses play very controlling, and demanding roles in the epic.
In “Female Deification: The Epic of Gilgamesh” I formulate an argument against a feminist critique of the epic using an in-depth analysis of the female characters and their positions within the text itself. Although it seems female characters play a passive role in the epic, in reality they are mentioned within the text actively as either goddesses, immortal, or as godlike. How male characters interact with them and how they interact with one another shows the surprising power behind the women's behavior, especially in comparison with their male counterparts. I labeled this process of character development as “female deification” to express how these seemingly insignificant characters become godlike in their placement and expression in the
Everyone has been angry at someone at some point of time. Being mean doesn't show any respect of yourself or your parents. Why do we(people) be mean? Penelope's suitors was killed because they destroyed Odysseus's house, twisted his maids, and tried to marry his wife. The suitors destroyed Odysseus house when he was trying to find his way back home.
The role of women in Odysseus' voyage is very important. It's by virtue of women that this whole story even led the way it did. It was because of beautiful Helen that the Trojan war began, and because of Odysseus' love for Penelope that Odysseus needed to come back to Ithaca, and the famous Athena was an immortal goddess that made his voyage home possible. These three women shape the story of Odysseus. The women in this story are aimed to the point, and are have very meaningful roles in Odysseus' life.
Medea has many untraditional characteristics for a woman who lived in the time of antient Greek. Medea’s is very headstrong and opinionated these aspects are none traditional in Greek standards. Women are only being incorporated into two roles: mothers and wives, nothing more. She defies her gender by exhibiting both male and female characteristics. Her ability to separate herself from her “womanly” emotions at times and perform acts that society does not see women capable of doing, further prove her ability to adapt to different situations.
In the Odyssey, one can see that Homer’s portrayal of women challenges the depiction of women during that time period. Throughout the book, many women intervened in Odysseus’ journey home to Ithaca, for better or for worse. One will see Penelope, Athena, Circe, and other women impact Odysseus’ expedition home. These women influenced the conditions of the journey by guiding Odysseus in different directions, and aiding him crucially. Their authority showed the idea behind an old proverb, which states, “Behind every great man there’s a great woman”.