The Odyssey

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The Odyssey portrays a romantic marriage between a man and a woman that is unlike any other. Homer portrays Odysseus and Penelope as lovers from afar with each longing for the other without knowing where they might be. The two of them are well suited to each other which is evident by the tremendous Odysseys that each undertake in the book. The couple has and unconditionally love that is physically and emotionally deeply rooted in many ways. Penelope first displays her roots of love with actions that resemble a special kind of cunning that makes for an instant connection with Odysseus. Penelope is who we see first showing this cunning sense. Penelope claims to be weaving a shroud for her father-in-law Laertes. To keep her suitors at bay, she weaves by day and then at night unravels what she did so that the project may never be done. Penelope claims that “this is a shroud for old lord Laertes, for the day when the deadly fate that lays us out last will take him down. I dread the shame my county women would heap upon me, if such wealth should lie in state without a shroud for cover” (2.109 – 2.113). Her grand scheme came to an end. The leader of all the suitors, Antinous, calls Penelope out on what she is doing to hold off taking another husband to be king along side of her. Antinous says “such high and mighty, Telemachus – such unbridled rage,” (2.90) referring to how Penelope is to blame for what has already been done. Penelope is then forced to finish the shroud off against her will. Not to be outdone, Odysseus has a similar sense of cunning to that of his wife, even though they are far away from each other in his travels back to Penelope. An excellent example of these cunning ways is when Odysseus meets up with Cyclops. Odysseus and his men get into trouble purely out of curiosity. Odysseus says “I’ll go across with my own ship and crew and probe the natives living over there. What are they – violent, savages, lawless? Or friendly to strangers,...
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