Amongst the many women portrayed in the book, the two most important women are Athena and Penelope. Athena is the Goddess of wisdom, courage, law & justice, strength and skills. She plays the role of a mentor in disguise for Odysseus but doesn’t show him the full path to his destination as Athena wants Odysseus to fight and prevail on his own. Penelope is the wife of Odysseus and the mortal queen of Ithaca. She is portrayed as the average Greek woman, but in reality is very cunning.
Although she was physically strong, independent, and brave, she was often impulsive towards men and those who made her feel threated (GoGreece). Artemis is important to Greek mythology because she embraces the various facets of being a strong, independent woman (GreekResearch). As a child, she requested from her father, Zeus, 6 wishes which are the following: 80 virgin nymphs to accompany her, hounds to protect her, stags to lead her chariot, bow and arrows, to be able to live purely, and most importantly, eternal virginity (ArtemisTheArcher). Because she was dedicated to living chaste, she encouraged her nymphs to stay pure as well. If her nymphs failed to be pure, she would kill them such as when Zeus seduced one of her nymphs, Artemis transformed into a
Seven years stuck on this island, everyday counting the days planning, planning to escape from this miserable place and continue my journey to get home and see my beautiful wife Penelope, Oh Penelope how I miss you. All my men dead, dead because of me. Calypso offering me immortality to stay with her and become her husband. Tempting offer it is but I can not accept it as I am already married to Penelope and I am loyal to her. Sadly if if I did say to to her offer I doubt she would set me free.
However, for a woman in Homer’s society, who belongs to either her father and her husband, she is the head of the household for 20 years in the absence of Odysseus. She does not preserve peace in the household, but she takes actions to prevent the destruction of ranks of the household by delaying her marriage so that when Odysseus come back home, he can reclaim the kingship, or when Telemachus is old enough, he can take the throne which is rightfully his. In the position where women have no power, she uses her intellectual strength to control the suitors. Penelope promises the suitors that she will choose one of them to marry after she finishes weaving the shroud for Laertes because it is shameful if she does not do anything for her father-in-law. The suitors eagerly comply to her request without knowing what Penelope plans to do.
Zeus had to solve many complications Aphrodite had with other goddesses. She seemed to always get into arguments about other people that she fell in love with but another goddess was in love with him too. Many artists have made statues and paintings in honor of her which has changed people's perspective of her. The goddess of love, beauty, and fertility and protector of sailors was unloyal to many people and was involved with the start of the Trojan
The goal of this essay is to evaluate Odysseus’s conduct with the nymphs, the sirens, and his wife, Penelope. The role of women in the Odyssey is paramount and very well represented. In fact, there are more female characters in the Odyssey than a typical Hollywood movie would ever have. I personally do not believe that Odysseus was some kind of a woman-hating monster who used women to get what he wanted in life instead his mission in life was to get home to Penelope his wife and son Telemachus but was forced into some very difficult situations and circumstances along the way. For example, when he is almost completely seduced by Calypso and inevitably stay on her island for several years due to lust and lavish opportunity delaying his journey home.
After a year of searching for his answer, the Knight had completely given up on the quest, finding too many differing opinions. The knight soon finds an old woman that will tell him the answer in return for pledging himself to her, and soon they are off to King Arthur’s court. When they return, the Knight tells the Queen that women want more than anything to be in
Over time there have been many myths surrounding the Greek Gods and Goddesses and their counterparts, the Roman Gods and Goddesses. Some with an easy past with little going wrong, while some have a harder past with a lot going wrong. Then you have the ones that are in between. One of those is Artemis, Goddess of the Hunt among other things. Artemis is the Goddess of many things with many myths surrounding her, she also has a very conflicting personality that is shown by her actions.
Weaving is an art which was given from Athena to women, while Penelope uses both cunningness and weaving to deceive the suitors. With the making of the shroud for Laertes, Odysseus’s father she was able to keep the suitors at bay for three whole years. She would weave during the day and unravel it at night. With her clever words she assured the suitors that it was her womanly duty to weave a shroud to her father-in-law and promised to marry one of them after she finished it. Yet her plans were thwarted by one of her treacherous maids.
She wouldn’t be able to forgive herself if she ever did remarry. Being unhappy never stopped her from keeping loyal. Penelope waited a very long time before making her mind about marrying someone else. She waited 20 years for him to come home. Odysseus was taking forever to get home, she started to lose hope, but her guts had a feeling that he would come home.