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The Odyssey of Homer

The Odyssey of Homer is a poem of many themes that changes the outcome of Odysseus long journey back home. Many times within the story, the actions of Odysseus are done with much thought but he doesn’t realize what the outcome may be. Yes the suitors often stayed in Odysseus place but they seemed a bit welcomed and wanted. The death they all faced was very tragic and uncalled for on many occasions. In the Homer society of shame and honor, I think Odysseus brought the most shame upon himself. The suitors often believed that Penelope would take their hand in marriage in many scenarios. She would tell them to flourish her with many gifts and she would then pick the one who gave the best gifts. With those sly actions she did get the gifts she wanted but she also got them to stay longer. She entertained their actions and thought what she was doing was indeed right. She at times made them feel special and enjoyed how they were always in a competition to win her over. The suitors had more hope than Penelope, she believed her husband was dead and long gone, so she told them that and they become more expectant. “And yet you have no cause to blame the Achaian suitors, but it’s your own mother, and she is greatly resourceful. And now it is the 3rd year, and will be the fourth year presently, since she has been denying the desire of the Achains. For she hold out hope to all, and makes promises to each man, sending us messages, but her mind has other intentions.” (2. 87-93) Her greed and wiliness often confused the suitors and they continued to linger around. She allowed that to occur and should have used her royalty to get them away. As regal as Penelope is, she withholds much power and authority in her country. She was by herself for 20 years and had no one to love but her son. To believe that was not forlorn is just…...

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