Odyssey Research Paper

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Penelope's Revenge Showing Xeinos

Hospitality is the relationship between the guest and the host that show liberality and goodwill. When investigating about Penelope's role in ''The Odyssey''by Homer, the actual character of Penelope and the importance she gave to the story. Many of the texts researched have been in books and specific websites. "The Odyssey" by Homer is one of the books that helped give a general background of Penelope's personality and the suitors nature. ''The Penelopiad" by Margaret Atwood gave the same story, except in Penelope's version, which gave a more extensive idea of Penelope's thoughts. A few websites that specifically state Penelope's patience and toleration of the suitors was where the greatest research
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The maidens eventually discover her trick and reveal it to the suitors. The fourth section discuses about how Penelope challenged the suitors in order to get remarried. She was not willing to meet the man she loathes. Therefore, she held a contest, in which whoever could string a bow through twelve ax handles would be the suitor that she would marry. Although, none could, besides Odysseus who was dressed as a beggar. Which leads on to why Penelope was surprised, for she knew only Odysseus could.

Penelope Won the Heart of Many Suitors

Odysseus left for the Trojan War. Initially, Odysseus left for the Trojan War and took ten years to come back. As he was delayed by the Trojan War, Penelope was tormented by suitors who wanted her to get married again. As long as Penelope continues to exist on Odysseus' grounds in Ithaca, the suitors will continue to try to force a decision on marriage and remain where they are on his estate. The suitors blame Penelope for the exhaustion of Odysseus's property. The Suitors said,"Send your mother away and make her marry the man whom her father chooses and whom she prefers" now that Odysseus is dead. The suitors felt one of them should marry Penelope and replace Odysseus, seeing that she has to be under control of either a husband or father. "If you feel angry about this then quit my palace," said Telemachus, "and feast somewhere else, eating your own food in each other's houses." Telemachus could not send away the mother

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