If she tried to throw them out they might organize and force her to do their will. For the longest time, society itself was organized and directed by men, and all of the most important enterprises were those that men implemented. Answer: Penelope was an exceptional Greek woman. Question: How would you compare and contrast Penelope and Calypso? Odysseus's wife, Penelope plays a very important role in Homer's Odyssey. Indeed, it is precisely this which Homer admires in her. Penelope's cleverness, excellent household management, and apparently innate sense of modesty make her ancient Greece's ideal woman.
What were her features and characteristics like? Question: I am trying to find the letter that Penelope wrote to Odysseus Answer: Homer does not mention such a letter. And since banquets and music go together, there was always someone playing the lyre. After all she bore his child. Only a strong woman could sustain the stress, anxiety and confusion resulting from the chaos of a palace with a missing king whose fate is unknown. She has the additional pressure of having to appease the wooers because they constitute an army stronger than her own. The classical Greeks pictured her in peplos or chiton, but archeology suggests an outfit more like the Minoans. This was a cloth covering for his body after he died for use during his funeral.
Once he finds his way there, Queen Arete is very hospitable, and she helps him find his way home to Ithaca. After her husband left for the Trojan War she waited for his return. Odysseus's wife and Telemachus's mother. Penelope is a heroine and Clytemnestra is a murderer. Imagine what a mess that was. In the nearly three millennia since the Odyssey was composed, readers and writers alike have largely agreed with Odysseus, and embraced Penelope.
Depending on her decisions… 1721 Words 7 Pages For the Greeks, Homer's Odyssey was much more than just an entertaining tale of gods, monsters, and men, it served as cultural paradigm from which every important role and relationship could be defined. The single men decided that her husband might be dead and that if he was dead and she married one of them he would be king. This was a custom of the day. Now that her youth and desirability are gone, she is no longer of interest. In the beginning of the story, Penelope's most prominent qualities are passivity, loyalty, and patience along with beauty and skill at the loom — the age-old feminine virtues. We would like to incorporate imagery, iconography, symbols and attributes of her into the tapestries. In particular her son would have been deprived of any inheritance and might have been killed had he had to deal with a step-father.
This also shows her loyalty and faithfulness as she does not get rid of this desire though a suitor. What Penelope did was to show that when a man and a woman are faithful to one another, then things will work out for the best. She's less of a real person than a type, someone for all you ladies out there to model yourselves on. However, Penelope is not a pasteboard figure. She is a complicated woman with a wry sense of destiny who weaves her plots as deftly as she weaves a garment. Her physical attributes, while comely by even the most demanding standards, are veiled. She lived at a time when customs were different from what they are today.
Through out the story, we see example after example of the gods intervening in the life of Odysseus. Question: What is Homer attempting tosay through the character? Penelope was able to raise her baby to manhood, while Andromache lost hers in the sack of Troy. In contrast to all of these women, the most significant type of woman in ancient Greek society that is portrayed in the poem is the good, intelligent and faithful woman. Question: What did Odysseus wear? Eurycleia was such an assistant: Question: what was penelope weaving at the time she was with Odysseus? Question: I am doing a research project and need to know a little more about Penelope and her role in the story of Odysseus. But, she is described as a glorious woman, the ideal, contrasted directly with the disloyal and murderous Clytemnestra. Do you agree with her? Homer was able to make changes in how the story was told and to emphasize one thing over another.
Question: Did Penelope ever feel pitty for what happened to Helen? Perieres 1 is son either of and Enarete, or of Cynortes. Clytemnestra became queen of Mycenae by marrying Tantalus. Available from The Internet Classics Archive. During the Classical period the status of women was reduced because it was thought the male provided the form of the baby while the female provided only the substance. Like if she came as someone else into the 21st century who would she be? As long as she can keep them competing with each other they will not organize and become an army that defeats her. Penelope was the queen and Odysseus became king by marrying Penelope. Answer: In a Mycenaean palace on ancient Ithaca, an island on the west coast of Greece.
Do you think the story is colored by the biases of the storyteller? This is in spite of the fact that she had plenty of money and could have chosen another husband easily. Through Odyssey, we gain an understanding of what is proper or improper in relationships between father and son, god and mortal, servant and master, guest and host, and--importantly--man…. Names in this chart; Acusilaus, Admetus 1, , , Amphithea 3, Amyclas 1, Anticlia 1, , Arcisius, , Autolycus 1, Batia 2, Cleocharia, Cretheus 1, Creusa 3, Cynortes, Diomede 2, Eumelus 1, Eurotas, , Icarius 1, Iphthime 1, Lacedaemon, Laertes, Lapithus 1, Lelex 2, Myles, , Oebalus 1, , Penelope, Peneus, Periboea 3, Perieres 1, Pheres 1, Pleione, Poliporthes, Sparta, Stilbe, Taygete, ,. Her son, Telemachus, has neither the maturity nor the strength to expel the invaders. Sure, she's deliberately unraveling it.
In male form, she is able to easily interact with and influence the world. Answer: She is referred to as constant Penelope. Though the suitors had recently gotten out of control, one understands that she held them off delicately for years, while conniving to maintain a certain power over them. Used for spinning thread, the distaff has been a symbol of femininity since, well, the ancient Greeks. The gods praise and commend her for her wisdom and virtue. Actually, no one would have stood up to Odysseus.
But if it really is home again, we two shall surely recognize each other, and in an even better way; for there are tokens between us which only we two know and no one else has heard of. Now some men prefer a sinful woman and so the marriage may have been good because Penelope liked to sin in a way that Odysseus liked. Could you please give me some insight on this? The other heroes make their way home, but Odysseus remains unaccounted for, and most assume he is dead. She is not flaunting or whore-ish. Athena's activities in this respect set her apart and make her unique assertive. In the development of society customs are developed and customs often become laws.