The Depiction Of Women In Homer's The Odyssey

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The depiction of women in the Greek poem The Odyssey shows what the Greeks thought of them and their roles in society. The same attitudes and stereotypes about women that the Greeks had still exist in modern-day cultures around the world. These stereotypes and roles include men viewing women as possessions, the only place for a women is in the home, and the superiority of men to women. In examining the Greek culture versus modern-day societies, it’s difficult to see that many similarities between them still exist today and that little progress has been made for women in their rightful place as equal to men. Various versions of the stereotypical woman and her role are portrayed in the Greek poem, The Odyssey. It’s a great example of what life was like for a women as it shows typical Greek culture and…show more content…
His son returns, and together they kill all of Penelope’s suitors. Penelope and Odysseus are reunited and Ithaca is at peace. In the poem, Penelope is viewed as possession of Odysseus and she is expected to be faithful to him but the same expectation is not made of him as a man. An example of this is seen in the poem when Odysseus entertains the nymph, Calypso and then later wants to leave the island and return to his wife. In modern-day cultures such as, woman are seen as possessions and infidelity of men is both acceptable and expected but the same is not true for women. They are expected to be faithful. Another example would be the stereotype that women are made to serve men. In ancient times and often today men are considered a superior being to women and that their place is in the home. In Greece, women were kept indoors to take care of children and the duties of the household. They were not allowed to be outside or participate in events where men were present. Women have always been used as maids and housekeepers for wealthy men, kings and rulers throughout many

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