The Weaving Power of Athena and Penelope Analytical Essay by Neatwriter

The Weaving Power of Athena and Penelope
An analysis of Homer's "The Odyssey" with a focus on the female characters, Penelope and Athena.
# 61391 | 1,715 words | 4 sources | APA | 2004 | US
Published on Oct 06, 2005 in Literature (Greek and Roman) , English (Analysis)

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This paper discusses Homer's "The Odyssey". The paper explains that although Athena and Penelope are very different in terms of their general gender characteristics and hence their relative power, they are also very much alike in the way they actually influence events and manipulate the world around them. The paper examines how both inspire men to great deeds, for better or worse; both affect their environment through trickery and guile and both use their beauty to influence others.

From the Paper:

"Homer's tale of the Odyssey is populated by many female characters, ranging in nature from the silent and submissive to the ferociously lethal. If one were to pick out two women who are most influential in the shaping of the story, however, the choice would certainly linger on the strange dyad of Athena and Penelope. Athena serves as the direct initiator of much of the action, and it is her force of will that drives the return of Odysseus and the death of the suitors. Penelope, on the other hand, is the inspiration which motivates the principle actors -- for herself, she takes precious little action and is deeply passive, even paralyzed, yet her very existence is enough to spur Odysseus from the side of his goddess-lover and to inspire the blind devotion of her suitors. "

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