Penelope Dorothy Parker

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In her poem Penelope Dorothy Parker suggests that women are unsatisfied with the role that society has given them. Parker supports her claim by describing what Penelope and Odysseus got to do in their daily lives. She uses tone and conflict in order to illustrate that women of the time did not want to be stuck as housewives. Parker uses man vs. society conflict to demonstrate Penelope’s disdain for society has said her role is as a women. Parker gives the reader examples of what Penelope does on a daily basis, she “will sit at home and rock” and “Brew my tea and snip my thread” (Parker). Both of these statements illustrate what was expected of women at the time. Since these expectations were set by society these are examples of man vs. society.

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