Essay Female Characters Of ' The Odyssey '

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The female characters in the Odyssey is very different from traditional view of women in ancient times. The works of Homer – Odyssey described the role of women in the Dark Age, it is a time where woman held an inferior position in compare to man and their role are basically limited to only childbirth and household duties. The Dark Age society portray woman as man’s servants and the idea of woman cannot accomplish anything without the help of man is common. But in the Odyssey, female character is rather distinctive. Female characters in the Odyssey are strong, influential and smart. In the Odyssey, man cannot accomplish his goal without the help of woman. For example, without the help and support from the female character in the Odyssey, Odysseus will never be able to make it back to Ithaca.

The role of the goddess is rather demanding in the Odyssey. The daughter of Zeus - Athena, provided tremendous amount of help for Odysseus. The role of god in the Odyssey has emotions, they have feelings like mortals do. Athena as the god of wisdom and war, held the power to inspire individual and leads them to make the right decision. She felt sympathy for what Odysseus has gone through as a warrior, therefore decided to help him throughout his journey back home. She lend a hand not only to Odysseus alone but also his family members. She inspired Odysseus’s son – Telemachus, to go travel and look for his father’s news. The travel experience enhanced his personal…

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