Penelope's Suitors in Homer's "Odyssey" Book Review by hicaliber

Penelope's Suitors in Homer's "Odyssey"
A discussion of the narrative function and importance of Penelope's suitors within Homer's "Odyssey".
# 93501 | 1,104 words | 1 source | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Mar 20, 2007 in Literature (Greek and Roman) , English (Argument) , English (Analysis)

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The paper analyzes how the many suitors that unsuccessfully woo Odysseus's wife, Penelope, when Odysseus is away for 20 years fighting the Trojan war, serve, stylistically, to expand the number and variety of viewpoints in the text. The paper further analyzes how this reinforces the theme of Penelope's loyalty to her absent husband. The essay discusses how the presence of these many suitors within Odysseus' household during his absence, and their efforts to woo his wife away from him, serve several distinct narrative functions.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Homer. Odyssey. Perseus Online Texts. Retrieved March 17, 2006, from:

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