Analysis Of ' The Odyssey ' Essay

1013 Words Nov 18th, 2015 5 Pages
Women in the Odyssey was a huge component to Odysseus’s journey home. Without these women, Odysseus’s home would of broken down, and he would have never gotten home. His wife, Penelope, is one of these women. She is mindful that if Ithaca doesn’t have a ruler, then it would fall. She stays loyal to her husband and never give up hope on his return. She is curious about people and tests them to be able to trust them, just like her husband. Another women is Odysseus’s old nurse, Eurykleia. She is maybe old, yet she puts forth the efforts and power to assist Penelope with the control over the household. She never lies about anything to Penelope and especially, Odysseus. She also is kind of like a spy for Odysseus when he returns as himself. One more woman is Athena. She has the true super powers to help Odysseus physically and person to person. She helps a lot throughout the book which made some parts of Odysseus’s journey a bit more bearable. Penelope is just as strong as her husband, Odysseus. While her husband is gone for war, she stays back and takes care of her people and her son. For twenty years, she is surrounded by men. She could have married one of them long ago and started a new whole life, yet she did not. She waits everyday for her husband to come home. Everyday she gets lonelier as she awaits for the sight of her husband. “So she went up to her chamber softly lit, accompanied by her maids. Once there, she wept for Odysseus, her husband” (19. 696-698). Penelope…

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