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Portrayal Of Women In The Odyssey

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In Homer's Odyssey, the women are portrayed in many different ways, some are said to be wise while others are cruel, but many are treated differently from the opposite gender. One of the women in the story, Penelope, was portrayed as very wise but because of her gender she was expected to obey many of the men. Similarly to Penelope, Arete, queen of the Phaeacians, was equally wise but was viewed almost as an equal to the men. In contrast to the other two women, Melantho was very malicious and was treated similarly to the men in the end of the book.To begin, Penelope was considered to be extremely wise, but was expected to listen and comply with many of the men. To avoid becoming married, Penelope used her wisdom to devise a trick to keep the Suitors from forcing her to choose one of them. In book two, it is stated, "…she began weaving a large and delicate piece of work…for Lord Laertes…by day she used to weave at the great web, but every night had torches set beside it and undid the work." This clearly shows that she was cleverer than the Suitors, and also that she applied her wisdom for her family's benefit. However, despite her wisdom Penelope, because of her sex, was expected to obey many people of the opposite gender. This is proven in book 21 when it says, "'As for the bow, mother,' shrewd Telemachus interposed… 'is the men's concern, and mine above all; for I am the master in this house…so go to your quarters now and attend to your own work'…" This shows that Penelope was required to obey most men, including her own son who was still too young to take over Odysseus' position in the house. Clearly, although Penelope was wiser than many men, she was still expected to comply with their orders.Similarly to Penelope, Arete who was the queen of Phaeacia, was very wise, but unlike Penelope was treated almost as an equal to the men. Odysseus was instructed by Athene when he went into Alcinous' place to speak with Arete first because she would make sure Odysseus would reach his home again. Book seven supports this in lines 72-78, "For she is also a wise woman…so if only you can secure her friendly interest, you may well hope to see your friends once more, to return to the high roof of your own house and to your native land." This clearly shows that Arete was very wise and had much influence on the people of Phaeacia in order to be able to guarantee Odysseus a passage to Ithaca. Contrary to Penelope, Arete was treated almost as an equal to the men of her country. This is proven in the same book when it states, "…and when her sympathies are enlisted she settles even men's disputes." Obviously, this shows that she...

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