Treatment Of Women In The Odyssey

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Portrayed: The women of Ancient Greece The epic poem The Odyssey by the ancient Greek writer Homer,The Iliad, and the Odyssey movie shows us what women had to go through in the ancient Greek society. The women in the story The Odyssey were portrayed as servants to men. In Greek society, we can infer that men do not respect women as they should. They see women as a lower class. The author treats the women as less important than men in their society. The women, both human and Goddess, played a big role in The Odyssey. An example of this is when the suitors came to Ithaca to give Queen Penelope gifts. In return, the suitors asked Penelope to choose one of the men to be King. After the queen refused to do this, the suitors got angry and would not leave the town until a man was chosen. The suitors then take…show more content…
In the movie, the goddess of wisdom and knowledge, Athena helps Odysseus in his journey in various occasions. The first occasion was on the ship going to Troy. Athena tells him that he is the first human to use his mind instead of brutal force to solve his problems. Athena said, ”We both know tricks, since you are by far the best among all men in counsel and tales, but I among all the Gods have renown for wit.” Athena acknowledges this trait. Because of this, Athena stands by Odysseus, comforting and supporting him in his journey to Troy. Confidence can be the difference between winning a war and losing one. If she had not appeared to Odysseus, he would not have felt as confident going into the battle of Troy. Athena is also able to convince Zeus, ruler of all gods, that Odysseus has suffered enough. This eventually sets him free in the future. This shows a more important view of a women in Greek society. This also shows what role the women of The Odyssey play. If Athena had not convinced Zeus to set him free he would have never returned

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