Penelope Essays

  • The Struggles Of Penelope In Homer's The Odyssey

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    he is away, a mob of unruly suitors has infringed his palace to court his wife, Queen Penelope of Ithaka. The plot of the book focuses mostly on Odysseus’s voyage home; however, the book illustrates how hard times were for Penelope. Throughout The Odyssey, Penelope has to cope with 108 suitors in her palace harassing her for her hand in marriage and taking advantage of the land. From beginning to end, Penelope remains faithful to her king and never stops believing

  • An Outline Of Penelope In Homer's The Odyssey

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    way Odysseus battles the wrath of the Greek gods. His wife Penelope and his son Telemachus fight off the suitors for Penelope's hand on the throne. Holding them back long enough for Odysseus to return back to Ithaca. As Odysseus loses all his crew throughout the journey, he finally returns home from his long brutal voyage. Penelope and Odysseus finally reconnect after being apart for so long. Thesis statement: Throughout the Odyssey, Penelope proves to Odysseus that she is loyal by not turning against

  • Penelope In Margaret Atwood's The Penelopiad

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    want to damage their pride. One of these people is Penelope, a character in Margaret Atwood’s feminist, satirical novel, The Penelopiad. In the novel, Atwood gives a voice to Penelope, an unheard yet fundamental character of “The Odyssey.” However, the narrative of Penelope is full of the deception that is also present in ordinary life. As a result of Penelope’s first person narration, the reader only experiences one perspective, and so Penelope gets to create her own truth that manipulates the story

  • Odysseus's Journey To Penelope In The Odyssey

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    his beloved wife, Penelope, he continues to contradict himself throughout the story both through his actions by sleeping around, through taking unnecessary trips that stalled his journey back home even more and flirting with other women along with leading them on. Odysseus throughout the Odyssey claimed he wanted to get home to Penelope and his home land, Ithaca, but he not only contradicts himself through his actions, he also shows a tremendous amount of disloyalty to Penelope throughout the book

  • Penelope And Odysseus Analysis Essay

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    wife for the first time after his journey in his painting titled Penelope and Odysseus. In this painting, the overall mood of the painting can be described as uncomfortable as one could put themselves in penelope’s or odysseus’ shoes and begin to feel the air become thick and could even feel as if it was hard to breathe. The poem, on the other hand, creates a somber tone as the diction of the

  • The Role Of Penelope In Homer's The Odyssey

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    particular, female characters Penelope, Circe, and Athena all play vital roles in Odysseus’ journey to Ithaca. To begin, Penelope is crucial because her character allows the reader to keep informed with the happenings in Ithaca. Penelope is depicted with cunning and wit traits similar to those of Odysseus although she is subjected to being downgraded and forced to follow the norm for women. Despite having to obey the orders of Telemachus as the man of the house, Penelope is able to curb the marriage

  • Odyssey Essay: Odysseus And Penelope In The Odyssey

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    beautiful women known as Penelope. When they married each other, they both promised to love one another endlessly and promise to be loyal to each other as long as they live. When Odysseus left for the battle at Troy, Penelope promised she would stay loyal to their marriage, but did that really have any effect on the choices Odysseus chose to make on his journey back home with the many people he encountered? Although Odysseus claims he wants to get home to his beloved wife, Penelope, he continues to contradict

  • Is Penelope Faithful To Odysseus Out Of Fear Or Love

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    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

  • Calypso's Role In The Odyssey

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    The story of Odysseus would not exist if not for the strong female characters that all become a part of his journey. One of the women is the nymph, Calypso, who is forever banished to the island of Ogygia for her father’s wrongdoings. Odysseus ends up stranded on the island with her for seven years after being shipwrecked and lost at sea by Poseidon. Calypso ultimately acts a temptress to Odysseus, and serves as a constant reminder of everything he longs for back at home. Calypso means “to cloak”

  • Margaret Atwood The Odyssey Analysis

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    of the hero Odysseus as he tries to return home to his wife Penelope and his son Telemachus in Ithaca after the Trojan War (Homer and Mitchell, 2013). This story focuses almost completely on Odysseus, but shows us small snippets of the life of Penelope. Although Penelope does show up in The Odyssey, she is not given a chance to tell her story, unlike her cousin Helen of Troy (Economou Green 2014). It is decades later, in 2006, that Penelope finally gets a chance to tell her story in the typical Greek

  • Treatment Of Women In The Odyssey

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    books of The Odyssey as well as Game of Thrones, a modern day rendition of medieval society written by George. R. R. Martin, women struggle for power in society. Most of the women in these two plots are mothers and seductresses. In the Odyssey, Penelope plays the role of the mother, innocent to all and caring, on the other hand, Circe: the goddess of magic is the seductress. Convincing unsuspecting men into her household, only to experience physical transformations. In Game of Thrones, Cersei Lannister

  • The Penelopiad Analysis

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    received her undergraduate degree and master’s degree( She has written more than forty books that are based on fiction, poetry, and critical essays. Margaret and the character from The Penelopiad, Penelope, are both females, therefore Margaret understands what Penelope goes through as a woman. Margaret is giving the side of the story from Penelope’s view. Margaret is seen as a feminist due to how she expresses the views of Penelope’s life. Margaret wants to show the audience or women

  • Telemachus As A Mother In Homer's Odyssey

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    years, leaving his wife penelope with their son Telemachus to rule a kingdom gone mad. The lengths that Penelope went to protect and provide Telemachus with the power of both a mother and father were extraordinary. Despite being a single mother that had to play the role of both the mother and the father, having to involve new role models, and giving up and sacrificing a lot for her child, Penelope is still an amazing mother to Telemachus. In order to be a good mother, Penelope would have had to given

  • How Does Odysseus Justify His Actions Against All The Suitors

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    Odysseus returns home he asks Athena to disguise as a beggar so he can plot his secret revenge. His son Telemachus tells him that there are 216 suitors. The suitors thought that Odysseus has died so they would want and hope that Penelope is a widow. All the suitors has find Penelope to

  • Odysseus Journey Essay

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    journey of Odysseus was a long and grueling time, but his love for Penelope was strong enough to get him home to her. He faced many trials on his journey home, facing many foes and many temptations. He was not alone on his journey, he was accompanied by his men, who fought with him during the Trojan war. Would his fellow soldiers endure? The journey of Odysseus began at the end of the Trojan war, when he tried to make it to Penelope in his home, Ithica. But the gods were not happy with Odysseus

  • Essay On Women In The Odyssey

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    the 21st century we see commercials promoting women’s rights and women workers. However, in Homer’s The Odyssey, women are viewed as inferior to men by depicting them as “prizes”, expecting them to obey men, and forcing them to serve men. Helen and Penelope are viewed as prizes to be won, due to the view that men ruled over women. Each of these women have had men compete to be their husbands, through wars and competitions. The men “launch(ed)...headlong battles just for (Helen’s) sake,” (129: 161-162)

  • Character Descriptions Of Odysseus In Homer's Odyssey

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    character in the Odyssey. He is the King of Ithaca, the husband of Queen Penelope, father of Prince Telemachus, and son of Laertes. He is a cunning war hero that has been trying to return home for 20 years. Poseidon delays his journey home every chance he can and Athena tries to help Odysseus return. Penelope– Wife of Odysseus and mother of Prince Telemachus. She remains faithful to her husband after his 20 years of absence. Penelope cleverly tricks her suitors to delaying her hand in marriage as she

  • Loyalty And Relationships In Homer's Odyssey

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    castigated. Penelope and Odysseus’ mutual devotion throughout their twenty-year separation conveys that those who remain committed to one another will be glorified. Meanwhile, those who commit deceitful actions demonstrated by Odysseus’ ship crew and his maids reveal that those who choose to be unfaithful will be punished. Odysseus and Penelope’s strong love and fidelity to one another, even after Odysseus’ long absence, demonstrates that faithfulness will lead to being awarded. Penelope had many

  • The Elements Of Day-To-Day Lifestyle In Homer's The Odyssey

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    and existed. Each society has different central ideas that are important to it, and each one differed from another. In the Odyssey, the main character, Odysseus, went away to Troy soon after their son, Telemachus, was born. He left his wife, Penelope, with their son thinking he’d be back soon. Little did he know, it would take him twenty years to get back home to Ithaca. Through the story, different ideas show up that show the importance of them to ancient Greek culture. Three important values

  • The Role Of Loyalty In Homer's Odyssey

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    just how loyal he isn’t. The first offense Odysseus had on his loyalty to Penelope was when he slept and flirted with different women on three different occasions. The first being when Odysseus slept with the Cicones women, the second being when he slept with Circe for a year, and the third being when he slept with Calypso during his imprisonment on her