Eurikleria In The Odyssey

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The Significance of Eurikleria, Arete and Penelope I believe Odysseus faces two types of women, honorable and dangerous. Figuring out which women are honorable and dishonorable and which are dangerous and deadly is Odysseus’s challenge throughout the story. Eurikleria, Arete and Penelope demonstrate hospitality and morals befitting honorable women, especially when we compare them to the women Odysseus has encountered for the last ten years like Klypso, Kirke and the slave women in his own house. Eurikleria, Arete and Penelope ultimately renew his confident faith in spite of Agamemnon’s warning not to trust or confide in any woman. If we focus on the honorable women in the story and their significance to Odysseus, we must start by first…show more content…
During this time, she raised their son Telemachus to adulthood. Penelope's character is complex. There is a deep unrest throughout the poem about how Penelope's relationships with the suitors will play out. There are seeds of doubt about Penelope, sown by the shade of Agamemnon who says to Odysseus in Hades that his own wife, Clytemnestra will give "an evil reputation to all women, even on one who does good" (199). This deepens the possibility that Penelope might prove unfaithful to Odysseus and builds suspense throughout the narrative. Since we are offered these contradictories to the idealized Penelope, it builds intrigue or maybe reflects a fundamental anxiety about and distrust of women--even with the best of women. Penelope’s significance to Odysseus is that she represents that good, tranquil life and surroundings he strives to reestablish throughout his twenty-year tribulation. Penelope is the women Odysseus lives for in spite of all he has to overcome to get back to her. If we look at the dishonorable and deadly women in the story we have to examine: Kalypso, Kirce, Skylla and Kharybdis, and the Sirens. Here we receive that overwhelmingly western message of woman as femme fatale: that deadly mixture of lust and love, pleasure and danger, pleasure and pain, pleasure and death, pleasure and slavery. Women consume, women demean, and women destroy. Kirke's who beguiles and bewitches. Kalypso’s dominates and hold captive. The Sirens lure. Skylla devours
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