Homer’s The Odyssey is an epic poem about the journey of the persevering warrior Odysseus. Soon after the birth of his son, Telemachus, Odysseus was sent off to a ten year war. Coming home from war, he encountered many battles, Gods, and monsters that took him off course. During his absence, his wife Penelope was overwhelmed with anxious suitors begging to take her hand in marriage due to Odysseus being gone for twenty years. Odysseus was worried sick that his wife would be unfaithful to him while he was gone, but Penelope’s intelligent thinking bought Odysseus time to return home before the suitors demanded her hand in marriage.
Odysseus likes women that are not his wife, and he gets sucked into the goddess Circe’s “vortex” so to speak, his crew warned him it was a trap to keep them there but he didn't listen and they stayed there for a year eating and drinking as much as they could possibly want. But once they wanted to leave Circe helped them by warning them about the dangers ahead. Circe warned him about a few monsters that they would cross paths with when heading back to ithaca, his home. One of the monsters were the sirens, sirens lure ships to crash with their hypnotizing song. Odysseus’s curiosity got the better of him, when his ship mates had beeswax in their ears to block out the sirens deadly song Odysseus tied himself to the ships mask post and listened to the sirens song.
Regardless of the outcomes, Homer has quite a modern view of female representation in his poem. Penelope proves that women can be just as smart, if not smarter, than men. She outsmarts the suitors that invade her home to escape marriage. For example, she weaves each day for years and tells the suitors that when she is done she will marry. Homer writes, “This was her latest masterpiece of guile: she set up a great loom in the royal halls and she began to weave, and the weaving finespun, the yarns endless, and she would lead us on: ‘Young men, my suitors, now that King Odysseus is no more, go slowly, keen as you are to marry me, until I can finish off this web…” (Homer).
She is a beautiful women who does not want to accompany Odysseus to her palace as she does not want to seem unfaithful to her pending husband. “For already you are being courted by all the best men”, here Athene is showing us that the princess has many potential suitors, yet she has remained loyal to her chosen man (Homer, 1967:5.34). When Odysseus meets Princess Nausicaä it is one of the few times that Odysseus himself shows sexual fidelity for his wife Penelope (Cliffnotes, 2016). Although, Odysseus acknowledges that the princess would make a lovely bride, he declines the offer of becoming her husband as he says that he would like to return home to his own wife. The goddess Artemis is one of the few goddesses known to be chaste and protect the virtuous countryside, she is a symbol of sexual fidelity (Homer,
Odysseus’ Journey to Heroism The Odyssey is an epic poem by Homer, set in 800 B.C between Ithaca and Troy. This epic poem portrays Odysseus, the king of Ithaca’s journey back from Troy. Penelope, Odysseus’ wife waits for him at home along with their son, Telemachus. Suitors think that Odysseus has died, so they harass Penelope and Telemachus because they want to become king. Poseidon, god of the sea constantly throws obstacles at Odysseus because Odysseus blinded his son, Polyphemus.
Imagine landing in a difficult situation... getting stranded from home, encountering beautiful woman at the same time, but you have a wife. You have to choose your wife, or a beautiful woman. This is exactly what happened to Odysseus on his travels in The Odyssey, by the Greek poet Homer. In this epic poem, Odysseus is married to his wife Penelope and has a happy family, who lives in Ithaca. Even though Odysseus has been stranded from home for many years, he still remains loyal to his wife.
Although John Proctor had an affair with Abigail, he still cares for Elizabeth deeply, As a result, Proctor choice to reveal the truth of his affair in order to save his marriage and his loyalty. In act I Proctor states ” I am only wondering how I may prove what she told me…. Elizabeth: If the girls a saint now, I think it is not easy to prove shes fraud, and the town went so silly, she told it to me in a room alone----- I have no proof for it ….. Elizabeth: You were alone with her…… Proctor: for a moment alone, aye. (page 51 ) . Proctor reveals his faults to his wife who he truly respects despite the fact that he had failed the woman he loves but, because of his affair he wants to be trusted, he realized that he is losing respect towards himself due to his
When Fagles uses the words “at last” it makes Odysseus sound like he was waiting for this moment. Another situation where Odysseus breaks his loyalty with Penelope by having an affair was on Calypso’s island. Calypso is a beautiful sea nymph with braids that wants Odysseus to become her husband. Odysseus is trapped on her island for seven years where he cries his days away while at night he goes against the whole reason he cries: “they found him sitting still, weeping, his eyes never dry, his sweet life flowing away with tears he wept for his fouled journey home, since the sea nymph no longer pleased. In the nights, he'd sleep with her in the arching cave—” (Fagles 5.168- 171).
His mother, Penelope, is under force to become remarried due to the disappearance and/or death, of her husband, Odysseus. Telemachus is not happy about this. As Penelope tried to decide what song the bard should sing for the suitors, Telemachus sent her to her room, signaling the first time he takes authority over a situation (1.15). The suitors were not used to or happy with his suddenly brave tongue (1.16). Penelope encourages this as we go on.
Friar Laurence, proposes a dangerous plan to Juliet. Friar expresses his disapproval of the wedding plans, telling Paris that he does not know Juliet well enough to get married to her. Once alone, Juliet and the Friar talk about what can be done to save Juliet from the fate of becoming the wife of two men. He has a potion that will make her appear dead when she drinks it, and it will keep her the lifeless state for forty-two hours. Juliet excitedly approves of the plan and goes home to drink the potion.