The Odyssey Literary Analysis

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Everyone in this world has constrained to face complex challenges throughout their lives. Some have faced hardship with difficulties, loneliness, and suffrage. In the novel, The Odyssey by Homer, their characters has significant roles and inspiration for the author, Edna St. Vincent Millay, to create the free verse poem, “ An Ancient Gestures”. The poem has developed through the inspiration of the two characters in The Odyssey, which includes, Penelope and Odysseus. Having Penelope waiting for her love one, Odysseus, to return from the exodus from Troy. With the genuine emotions coming from both of the character, though with the different perspective from the speaker. Millay conveys the message that women are often unrecognized for their accomplishments …show more content…
Millay’s perspective on Penelope is admiring and empathy for Penelope, from her action of weaving and unweaving. The speaker explained the pain Penelope suffers “Your arms get tired, and the back of your neck gets tight”( Line 5) after her hardship. The descriptive phrase infer to the physical pain she’s having. With also the hope of her are decreasing each and everyday. Fighting and facing the hardship with the suitors, parents,and reserving for her kingdom everyday has put her through misery for 20 years since Odysseus off, fighting his way back home. The speaker has made the imagery for Penelope as if she is sorrow and empathetic for her. Having Odysseus away from home, “As I wiped my eyes on the corner of apron… Ulysses did this too” (Line 10-13) The speaker understood the pain and and agony he has also face too, however she gives him an impression of animosity because it’s an “Act”, as the author described his tears. In truth, Millay ended her poem with “ He learned it from Penelope.. Penelope, who really cried”( Line 16-17) In the other word, the author has ended with the resentful attitude towards the descriptive word towards Odysseus. To imply, the two characters has suffered equally, one just did not recognized for their diligent and their determination. Through the usage of imagery, it has described both subject and the author’s perspective to create the message of the unrecognized hardship from

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