Essay On The Role Of Women In Homer's Odyssey

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Although women occupied an entirely different position in society compared to men, they too held a certain sphere of influence and power; they simply exerted it in ways that were distinct from men’s strategies. By examining the character of Penelope, the wife of Odysseus, one can see just how women exerted their power and influence in The Odyssey and to what ends. Penelope uses clever cunning and sexual charm to toy with men’s emotions and to meet her own needs while she is waiting for her husband to return from battle. The types of strategies and her relative success in using them will be examined in this essay. Athena is the daughter of Zeus who helped Odysseus throughout his quests. She used many disguises to accomplish this. Athena has to take on numerous guises to try and give him advice without him knowing of her true nature. Most of these guises are that of males since it was considered wrong to take advice from females in that era, even if the advice is from a goddess. The goddess has to save Odysseus from many horrible circumstances, including his captivity on the island Ogygia, his close calls with…show more content…
A feminist point of view would find these women to be flawed, for they cannot survive without the assistance of a man. The book tells the story of a “manly life” in first person dialogue. Considering every female Odysseus encounters “falls in love” with, we can equate that he makes his own problems based off of his ego. In a way, the Odyssey is not just the tale of the wanderings of Odysseus. The poet has made it into a type of descriptive catalog of women, in which he examines women of all kinds and from all backgrounds through objectification. He looks to women for counsel, motherly affection, and as a lover when needed. For Homer’s character Odysseus, he finds these feminine portraits of the women in his life to be objective and

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