This is evident in the treatment and actions of Penelope and Calypso. In the Greek society women were expected to stay faithful to their husbands through all circumstances although the same standards were not necessarily held to men. Questia explains that “in Ancient Rome, elite women were expected to stay at home and care for their families and homes. In 18 BCE the Emperor Augustus introduced new laws in an attempt to reform upper-class morals. He made adultery a crime, although men were only found guilty if the woman they were involved with was married” (“Women in Ancient Greece and Rome”).
A woman was expected to always remain loyal to her husband, even after his death. This held true even if the two were only betrothed and not yet married. A woman’s primary role in society was that of a wife, and then a mother. While they had no power in government or society, there are interesting points to the story in which women’s power can show through. For example, a
Odysseus or Ulysses: The False Differences between the Greek Hero and Roman Patriarch Carol Burns Professor Shelton English 121 May 14, 2012 One of the most interesting notions raised by Tennyson’s poem Ulysses is that Odysseus, having strived to return home for seven years from the Trojan War, upon successfully achieving this end becomes restless and wishes to return to a life of seafaring. In contrast to Homer’s Odysseus, Tennyson’s Latinate Ulysses is not the renaissance figure who returns to rule Ithaca after twenty-year absence. Instead, Tennyson’s Ulysses seems a tired more cynical version of Homer’s Odysseus, who realizes that, the ultimate expression of pietas and so fulfills man’s last duty in life. It is my contention that the voyage Tennyson’s Ulysses clamors for what is Shakespeare’s Hamlet terms “the undiscovered country”—death. There seems little doubt in Ulysses mind that this voyage would be his last.
Older generations believed that their sons and grandsons should do the same as they did and go to war to protect their country. The values in the play explore society’s thoughts on Anzac Day, some characters (Alf) think it was heroic and deserves being honoured by having a celebration. Other characters (Hughie and Wacka) believe that the day is not honoured at all and that it is just an excuse for men to get drunk. Alf, Hughie’s father is a short-tempered, stubborn and uneducated man. Hughie is just as stubborn as his father and is very opinionated.
A Greek woman has no personal wants or desire and she respects her controlling and powerful husband. A Greek woman is very dedicated to her family and everything she does is most likely for them. For example: A Greek women would have to watch her figure and cannot eat much besides small pieces of bread soaked in wine regardless of how hungry she might be. This is because she needs to stay in shape for her husband and also for reproduction. This hierarchal society occurs because of the different contributions women and men contribute to the society.
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
The Greek society was built upon the beliefs that good women faithfully serve and support their husband in all areas of their lives. In addition, a good woman never strays or deviates from their set roles. However, in stark opposition to women roles of that time are the strong female characters introduced by Homer. The women depicted in The Odyssey are very wise. This character trait in women is very different from the women portrayed most often in other Ancient Greek stories.
The epic journey The Odyssey by, homer is an epic story written a very long time ago. Some time later a movie based off the book The Odyssey this movie has the same feel and only uses homers ideas dose not copy them completely. This movies title is O brother where are thou? The epic The Odyssey is about a man named Odysseus. He had just fought a war in troy and is on his way home to Ithaca, but on the way he runs into the wrong things and soon becomes years before he is able to get home.
In life fate is determined by personal choice and High power. In the odyssey by Homer Odysseus and Telemachus make choices that determine their life. Poseidon has bitterness toward Odysseus. “Yet all the gods have pitied lord Odysseus all but Poseidon raging cold and rough against the brave new king” (29). In Greek culture if a man wants to marry a woman You became a suitor for that woman and if anything goes wrong You must be willing to clash for the woman even if A the man is still not in love with her.
We took their wives and also much booty, which we divided equitably amongst us, so that none might have reason to complain”. (Homer, 800 B.C.E) in the middle of the chapters the men ruled the world and the woman were treated like dirt. The gods and goddess are the ones that ruled the world and the king and queen had to obey their every command and if not obey there would have been some consequences. As for the people they had to obey the king and queen in order not to be killed. They king and queen and their people will always be protected by the gods and goddess because they were always praying to the gods or goddess.