The Penelopiad Essays

  • The Penelopiad Analysis

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    The author, Margaret Atwood, wrote a book called The Penelopiad. Margaret Atwood is from Ottawa ( She attended University of Toronto and Radcliffe College, where she 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

  • Penelope In Margaret Atwood's The Penelopiad

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    tell lies for assorted reasons. Maybe they are afraid of what will happen if they tell the truth, or maybe they just do not 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

  • Margaret Atwood The Odyssey Analysis

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    gets a chance to tell her story in the typical Greek Mythology fashion written by Margaret Atwood (Atwood 2006). The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood explores the classical greek vision of female representation compared to contemporary feminism by voicing the story of the women from The Odyssey by Homer.

  • Odyssey In The Penelopiad

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    Atwood’s the Penelopiad. The Penelopiad as a modernized, fresh view of a vaguely described character, which originated from the Odyssey named, Penelope. Penelope is an obscure or cryptic female character who is interpreted to be a cunning, sly, secretive, intelligent, passionate character that can be compared to Shakespeare’s Juliet. Penelope goes through stages of enlightenment, struggle and happiness and questions the way society works as well as trustworthy relationships. The Penelopiad

  • Alienation And Identity In Margaret Atwood's The Animals In That Country

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    Margaret Atwood, an internationally acclaimed novelist, poet and short story writer is widely considered as a major figure in Canadian litrature. In her works, she focuses on the themes of alienation and self-identity. As a poet, her works concentrate on the question of identity with as much pasion as Neruda and Walcott. There is a style and force in her writing.The major themes of Atwood’s poetry include the inconsistencies of self-perception, the Canadian identity and experience, the paradoxical

  • Fumiko Enchi Masks Character Analysis

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    The Relation of Life and Fiction in Modern Japanese Literature Second Paper Fumiko Enchi, Masks Masks by Fumiko Enchi is a novel which depicts outstanding female characters who behave far from how a traditional, good woman should behave. These characters are the center of the story, a story which revolves mainly around Mieko, even though one might think when starting to read the book that the main plot is about Yasuko and her two potential lovers, Ibuki and Mikame. Far from that, the story gains

  • Justice In The Eumenides And The Penelopiad

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    the trial in The Penelopiad, the “accused” do not deny the murders they commit. What seems to be more important is the reasoning and justification of the murder. In The Penelopiad, the court is depicted as a familiar 21st century model. The Attorney for the Defense opens the argument, “Was he or was he not justified in the slaughtering, … we do not dispute the slaughters themselves … [of] upwards of a hundred and twenty well-born young men, give or take a dozen (page 175, Penelopiad)” Atwood emphasizes

  • Patriarchy In Margaret Atwood's The Penelopiad

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    time and history, patriarchy has taken over. The Penelopiad, a novel by Margaret Atwood set in ancient Greece shows a group of characters differently than The Odyssey. Before, The Odyssey portrayed the maids as promiscuous, evil, and wanted the audience to think badly of them. The Penelopiad, however, shows them as innocent and harmed, and wants the audience to have sympathy for them. Before, The Odyssey made the maids appear to be evil. The Penelopiad, though, shows a more innocent side to them. When

  • Feminism In Homer's Odyssey And The Penelopiad

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    In the Odyssey and the Penelopiad there is a large amount of symbolism to portray ideas and foreshadow events. However, in the Penelopiad there is a clearer presence of feminism in the tone of the book when read, despite the fact that it is narrated by Penelope herself. During the time period in which the books take place, it is very common that people believed in gods of all types, sacrificing, omens, and magic. One such omen that is seen in both books yet has two very different meanings is the

  • Theme Of Arrogance In The Odyssey

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    In The Odyssey, it is Odysseus that is telling the story, and he shows his own high opinion of himself by exaggerating his successes and making his failures seem inconsequential. In The Penelopiad, on the other hand, Odysseus’s faults are brought forward through the observations of his wife. Penelope mostly comments on his wit, which boarders on malicious manipulation. Both accounts show different sides of Odysseus but Penelope’s observations remind the audience that he is not an infallible hero

  • Is Penelope Faithful To Odysseus Out Of Fear Or Love

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    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. In the Penelopiad in the first two pages, Penelope discovered the truth after the Odyssey and she stated herself that she had been faithful the entire time and Penelope has been seen time and time again to be good so we can trust her on that. Second look at differently

  • The Character Of Odysseus In Margaret Atwood's Odyssey

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    Penelope? Personally, I am having a hard time choosing what to believe and what not to believe; more specifically, I am conflicted over the character of Odysseus. In The Odyssey, Odysseus is portrayed as a hero whose only flaw is his pride. In The Penelopiad, he is characterized as almost the opposite. Penelope states that she “had inklings, about his slipperiness, his wiliness, his foxiness…, his unscrupulousness, but [she] turned a blind eye” (Atwood 3). She claims that he was a cheat, a liar, and

  • Water In Penelope's Speech

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    At Penelope’s wedding, her mother makes a small speech, although not very helpful to Penelope at the time. In the speech, her mother says: “Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through

  • What Is Penelope's Innocence In The Odyssey

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    Good morning Ms. Rummel, my sole purpose today is to convince you of Penelope’s complete innocence. In the book the Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood, the tale of the Odyssey was retold through the eyes of Penelope, Odysseus’s wife. Towards the end of the book, when Odysseus returns to his home, Ithaca, he orders for Penelope’s twelve handmaidens to be hung, as a punishment for sleeping with the suitors during the twenty years when he was away. Many people believe that Penelope caused the murder of the

  • Margaret Atwood The Sirens Analysis

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    Greek mythology has a huge impact in our arts, literature, and poetry today. The different types of stories in Greek mythology have morals or lessons. For example, in the Odyssey, there is a story called, “The Sirens”. In this story, there is a man named Odysseus, and he and his crew are in the ocean on their ship, and the men are preparing, while Odysseus is putting his focus on the Sirens coming. The Sirens come and express their feelings how they want to be free from their bird suits, and that