Who is the man who is willing to fight for ten years to return to his family stopping at nothing? Who is the man who never ceases in his fight to return home, no matter how difficult his decisions or how grueling his trials are. That man is Odysseus. The Odyssey is an epic poem in which a hero, Odysseus, embarks on a thrilling quest to return back to his home and family in Ithaca after succeeding in the Trojan War. In his several journeys, he faces several hardships that delay this goal.
Roaming through Ithaca, he finds his son and tells him that “ Athena, counseling me, will give me word, and I shall signal to you, nodding: at the point round up all armor, lances, gear of war left in our hall… when the suitors miss those arms and question you” (599
While Odysseus attempts getting back to his family, his wife Penelope has been left in control of the country. In the painting Penelope and the Suitors, John William Waterhouse uses the depiction of Penelope working on a tapestry while ignoring her suitors to show her loyalty, sense of duty, and faithfulness. While in her poem “Penelope”, Dorothy Parker uses the same scene to show while everybody praises Odysseus on his brave journey home, Penelope is the brave one keeping things under control and remaining faithful while her husband is away. On August 22, 1893 in West End, New Jersey Dorothy Parker (Rothschild) was born (Biography.com).
The audience sees that even though Odysseus has been to many places, he still wants to go home. This shows an example of love for home and family. This value is also shown when Odysseus finally gets home after twenty years. When Odysseus gets home it is stated that he cries of happiness. Odysseus states,“Then throwing his arms around this marvel of a father Telemachus began to weep.
The Odyssey begins as Odysseus leaves an island he was trapped on for 10 years to go back to his hometown, Ithaca. However, we do not know if he will make it back, as it is highly probable that he will die. The Odyssey is a Greek Epic involving some of their ancient Gods. On the way to Ithaca Odysseus faces many challenges while his wife deals with challenges of her own at their house. Suitors have taken over Odysseus’s home, and are all trying to marry Odysseus’s wife, Penelope.
In Homer’s epic, “The Odyssey” he illustrates to the readers a compelling love between Odysseus, the King of Ithaca and his wife Queen Penelope. The couple is separated because of the Trojan War when Odysseus leads his men into battle. Prior to Odysseus’ departure, he communicates to Penelope that if he doesn’t return to Ithaca within 10 years or if he should parish; then she should find another man to marry, become King and raise their infant son, Telemachus. Penelope is distraught at the very thought of him not returning, but gently replies that she will wait upon his return or until Telemachus grows a beard before remarrying. The author takes us on Odysseus’ journey back to Ithaca, but no matter the situation he encompasses, Penelope
There has been much debate in the book the Odyssey by the poet Homer if Penelope has been faithful to Odysseus out of fear or love. Now I can say for sure that Penelope has been faithful to Odysseus out of love because a lot of evidence supporting this is good. The Odyssey is about our main character Odysseus, who after winning the Trojan war has been sailing the seas trying to get home for twenty years, losing all his men and getting home after a long time while Penelope has been trying to fend off the suitors with her maids and slaves. On the book The Odyssey by Homer, the author discusses how Penelope has been waiting this entire time if she has been faithful or not.
Batoul Labban Journal # 10 The Odyssey • Odyssey 1: Book number one begins 10 years after the Trojan War. Everyone that was considered heroes went back home except for Odysseus. One reason why he has not left back home is because a goddess named Calypso fell in love with him and is refused to let him leave her. A lot has been going around since Odysseus has not returned to his home yet.
Homer’s the Odyssey is a classic example of how separation can affect a man’s loyalty and how proving oneself can restore reputation. Odysseus keeps his respect and loyalty toward everyone he befriends. Odysseus is a very loyal man and knows how to keep his promises even through his twenty year journey away from home. Odysseus goes off to fight with the Greeks during the trojan war which happens to take nine years, he then spends a year in Greece and it takes him ten years to finally get back home.
She is forced to cope with the new knowledge alone, having to bury the children alone in the backyard, time after time: “‘I’ve been thinking, though,’ Mariam said, raising her voice so as to be heard over the music… ‘Then you do it,’ he said sharply. ‘I’ve already buried one son. I won’t bury another. Now if you don’t mind, I’m trying to listen’”
Women in The Odyssey Gender roles, specifically of women, were a little different back in 700 B.C. They played more of a typical role, expected to get married and have kids at a young age. They were expected to take care of the house and children, while their husbands were out fighting wars. However, while women in The Odyssey were greatly valued for their beauty, Homer reveals that they also had to be intelligent to be successful in their lives.
In Greek epics, tragedies, and mythology women are portrayed in various ways. Women are mainly considered to be weak and less important than men, but there are some women who are shown to be strong and heroic, despite the reputation that was placed onto them in Ancient Greek civilizations. There were two particular women that were strong and took the roles of their husbands while the men left to fight in the Trojan War. These two women were Penelope, wife of Odysseus, and Clytemnestra, wife of Agamemnon. These two women were different in how they chose to rule while their husbands were at war and how they acted once they got back.
This simile highlights a stratagem adopted by Odysseus to help him and his men escape the cave. Odysseus selects four men to help him drive a sharp object into Polyphemus' eye; however, this tactic is ineffective because there remain guards at the cave's entrance who are tasked with catching any Greek that attempts to escape. This simile exemplifies Odysseus' wisdom as a war strategist, and his application of intellectual tactics to out-maneuver the enemy. After this plan proved to be a failure, Odysseus hid with the rams and successfully escaped. The consistent strategies Odysseus came up with to defeat the enemy even when they proved to be failures just indicated that he is wise and capable to learn from his mistakes.
Between water, floods, and sea travel, water can present itself in different functions and can be symbolic especially in the readings that we were required to read this past week. Throughout the texts, water was a major factor, but the two that I felt expressed water the most were in both the Bible (Genesis) and also the Odyssey. In both of these texts water, more specifically flooding for the Bible and sea travel in the Odyssey, represented different meaning and showcased itself through different images for the readers to grasp. Just between these two stories, it’s amazing how water can not only produce different forms throughout these stories, but after analyzing can also create different symbols and representations or interpretations.
Does Penelope exhibit any substantial moral agency in Homer’s Odyssey or is she just another pawn in the patriarchal game of getting glory for the guys? I SHALL ARGUE THAT Penelope plays a vital role in the way that the Odyssey plays out. Penelope, unlike other female characters in the classical world, shapes the way that her life unfolds. Through her actions in this epic poem, not only does Penelope create her own destiny, she gets her own glory. Penelope’s key dilemma centered on the instructions given to her by her husband, Odysseus, prior to his journey to fight in the Trojan War.