Is Penelope from Homer's The Odyssey too good to be true?

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Throughout all ancient Greek literature, there is one theme that consistently arises. This is the theme of women. In ancient Greek literature, women and depicted as cunning deceitful people and this implication is supported by characters such as Clytemnestra, who embodies all that is fraudulent and deceptive in the world. She loses our faith in women because of her ruthlessness in killing her husband Agamemnon and she is clearly feared by those under her. One example of this is the watchman whom she has posted on top of a building to look for the beacon signal. He says that the estate has become in a state of disarray since the war in Troy started. Penelope who is the wife of Odysseus in Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’ is the daughter of Icarius and Periboea. Her and her husband Odysseus had one son by the name of Telemachus who was born just before Odysseus was called away to war. Having a good idea of the Odyssey myth, when hearing the story, the Greek audience will already know that Penelope is a faithful wife. She loves Odysseus will all her heart and cries every night for his safe return. They will know that she is a ‘faithful woman’, which to some men at the time may seem as an oxymoron, because the majority of the women who are represented in plays are often, like Clytemnestra, evil and devious. I think that Greek audiences may be suspicious of Penelope for this fact and they may feel that her intentions are not all that they seem. She may be putting on a façade of love for her husband out of detest for the Suitors that are after her hand in marriage. The first thing that we hear about Penelope is from the mouth of Telemachus, which is a statement that may fuel the fire of doubts in the minds of those who do not trust Penelope. Athene is commenting on how surprised he is that Telemachus is the son of Odysseus, and Telemachus says that his mother tells him

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