Odyssey Research Paper

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Penelope's Revenge Showing Xeinos

Hospitality is the relationship between the guest and the host that show liberality and goodwill. When investigating about Penelope's role in ''The Odyssey''by Homer, the actual character of Penelope and the importance she gave to the story. Many of the texts researched have been in books and specific websites. "The Odyssey" by Homer is one of the books that helped give a general background of Penelope's personality and the suitors nature. ''The Penelopiad" by Margaret Atwood gave the same story, except in Penelope's version, which gave a more extensive idea of Penelope's thoughts. A few websites that specifically state Penelope's patience and toleration of the suitors was where the greatest research was found. Most of Penelope's qualities were implied by the meaning and outcome of the passages. The goal in this paper is to discuss about how Penelope sought revenge on the suitors by showing xeinos by associating Penelope's actions and ideas with the keen suitors.

Accordingly, this research paper has been organized into four main sections, which all have subsections. The first section discuses the heart of the suitors that have been won by Penelope. This section explains about how the suitors were not discouraged even though she remained distant, and how Athena wanted Penelope to gain the suitors desire to make her more esteemed by her husband and son. Also, when Odysseus left for the Trojan War, he took ten years to come back. Therefore, Penelope kept many of the suitors waiting for her response and told them she would marry one. The second sections discuses about how Penelope remains faithful to Odysseus. Many suitors came to seek Penelope's hand in marriage and a few of them did charm Penelope. However, but because of her faith in Odysseus she cunningly lies to the suitors and shows her connubial fidelity. The third section discuses the Shroud of Laertes, which is a wily weaving of the burial shroud for the former king,...
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