The System Of Heroism, By Susan Faludi Essay

1019 Words May 9th, 2016 5 Pages
The American author Susan Faludi once said, “The system of heroism depends on women to be weak so men can be strong.” This quote fits many situations in The Odyssey by Homer, from gods to mortals, and through truths or lies. Odysseus and zeus’ actions and heroic moments are from the weakness and faults of women from physical strength to will power. One of the main examples is how the female gods give into the power and orders of male figures. To continue the weakness of will and strength of the women puts them in a situation that odysseus saves them from and makes right. To begin with, the weakness of will power and strength of Calypso and Circe allow for the men 's strength to shine through. Calypso’s lack of authority is prevalent when she gives into zeus’ command to free Odysseus. Zeus sent Hermes to demand Calypso let Odysseus go, Calypso is outraged that the gods would separate her from her love, and is irritated that the gods can sleep with whoever, but in the end she gives in. Hermes tell Calypso, “Now the command is: send him back in haste [...] [Calypso says] oh you vile gods, in jealous supernal! You hate it when we choose to lie with men in mortal flesh [...] [Calypso telling Odysseus] Here you need give no more, you need not feel you life consumed her, I have pondered it, and I shall help you go”(Homer. V. 118, 125-127, 169-171). This shows how Calypso gives into the wants of males and does not retaliate and Zeus saves Odysseus by appealing to Calypso 's…

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