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Matt Doherty Professor Carey EN083.14 The Odyssey The Odyssey vs. The Penelopiad Are events really what they seem? As a comparison between the Odyssey and the Penelopiad proves, it depends on perspective. These two works were composed from two differing points of view. The Odyssey , for example, is told as a story from an independent narrator, Homer – even if it is considered to be biased towards Odysseus, the work’s main character. Margaret Atwood, on the other hand, writes the Penelopiad from the perspective of Penelope, the wife of Odysseus. These two different points of view produce two different accounts of the same episode. It is interesting as a reader to be able to experience such differing interpretations of the same event. For example, the scene in which Odysseus returns and kills all of Penelope’s maids can be viewed differently because of the disparity between the accounts of both the novels. In the Odyssey , the narrator describes Odysseus as a hero returning from his years and years of wandering as he wins back his queen Penelope from the clutches of the suitors. The language Homer uses in narrating this story clearly shows the biased nature towards Odysseus. He uses words like “godly” (XXI, 189), and “divine” (XXI, 190) to
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This note was uploaded on 04/23/2009 for the course EN EN083 taught by Professor Carey during the Spring '08 term at BC.

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