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    narrator is Penelope, Odysseus’s wife. Odysseus’s goal in the Odyssey is to tell the story of the hardships he experienced getting home after the Trojan War and the many challenges and obstacles he faced before he finally got back to Ithaca and reclaimed his family and kingdom. Penelope’s goal is to tell her story: her childhood, her marriage, her life in the Underworld, her relationship with her cousin Penelope, and Odysseus’s journey in her own words. The major difference in these two texts is the way Penelope is portrayed. In the Odyssey, Penelope is seen as the typical doting wife who remains faithful to Odysseus despite a plethora of aggressive suitors who pine for her attention and hand in marriage while he is away from home for 20 years. However, the Penelopiad takes a different approach. Penelope is brought to life in this story, and you can see her true personality awakened. She is interesting and very jealous and loathsome of her cousin Helen, who is only really mentioned as King Menelaus’s wife in the Odyssey. Penelope also alludes to the…

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    the rest. This personality belongs to Penelope, and it is this personality that composes her identity. Penelope is a unique female figure, who differs tremendously from other women within the epic, and ancient Greece. She possesses traits women in 13th and 12th century BC Greece did not, and could not possess. Penelope holds attributes men despised in women, and she displays them proudly. The intelligence and knowledge that occupies her identity is unlike that of women in her time period.…

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    all the characteristics of the classic hero; strength, courage, nobility and his most distinguishing strait, intelligence. Many view Odysseus as the hero of the Odyssey but there is another character that has the same traits as Odysseus and that is Penelope, his wife. She is often forgotten in the shadow of her husband even though she is essential to the story. Ovid’s Heroines by Daryl Hine brings Penelope into the light and shows that she is much more than the wife of an Odysseus, but a hero,…

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    The Lonely Lady Greek mythology has many strange explanations of natural phenomena that also teach moral lessons. The myth of Penelope shows us that bravery can go unnoticed because it is considered average. Penelope waits for Odysseus and she is being brave by taking care of everything while he is gone, but she says that only his bravery will be noticed because he is a hero that went on a great journey. Artist John Williams Waterhouse and poet Dorothy Parker portrayed this closer to today's…

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    The odyssey is one of the oldest and well known myths written by homer. The odyssey is the story of odysseus and his loyal wife penelope. For most of the story odysseus and penelope are not together but when odysseus returns home disguised as a beggar she tests odysseus and the two finally are finally reunited.in the odyssey the suitors try to marry penelope but penelope declines there offer because she is brave. In the painting Penelope and the Suitors, John William Waterhouse uses the myth of…

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    being lost at sea for over twenty years. Penelope, perhaps, bears the majority of these hardships. Throughout the Odyssey, grief is commonly expressed through the memories of the characters. In the epic, the shedding of tears in the name of a departed or lost friend is considered respectable. However, grief simply as an expression of one’s own selfishness for fear of death or loss is deemed dishonorable. Penelope’s grief shows much more than just her own desire to escape a difficult situation.…

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    Penelope’s perseverance both in her faithfulness to Odysseus and her performance of the duties of a traditional housewife over the twenty years her husband was away. The painting is a visually representation of this perseverance by showing Penelope intently concentrating on weaving the shroud while her suitors try and persuade her with music and gifts. The themes of perseverance, love, and loneliness are prevalent in many of the author and artist works. Both mediums are used to effectively to…

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    In Homer’s epic The Odyssey, the poet narrates a story of the homecoming of the Greek hero Odysseus after the Trojan war. Through narrating his readers Odysseus’s journey home, Homer gives many instances where women, mortals and immortals, have contributed to the success of the homecoming of Odysseus, indicating the importance of women during the Greek hero’s long and suffering journey back home. Odysseus has received numerous help from different female characters such as Athena, Nausikaa, and…

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    Odysseus’ men are greedy because they open the sack to see what treasure is in there and perhaps they would have taken some gold and silver if they actually found it inside the bag. This proves that Odysseus’ crew exhibit common flaws of humanity and end up being punished by again getting to the Aeolian Island, the place from where they started. Secondly, suitors of Penelope, Odysseus’ wife, are also greedy as they stay in the palace all day and night, eating and drinking, using all their wealth…

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    If Romeo and Odysseus are the heroes of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Homer’s The Odyssey respectively, then Juliet and Penelope, the wives of both men, are the heroines. The relationship between Juliet and Penelope holds similarities only insofar as they share similar situations and the effects of them. The true differences in the lives of these woeful women lie within their responses (i.e. their love for their families in addition to their husbands) to the similar occurrences in their…

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