Deception in the Odyssey

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Deception in the Odyssey Deception is a theme that is shown throughout the Odyssey . In the story, deception is described as a positive characteristic. Homer describes characters such as Penelope and Odysseus using epithets such as cunning, quick, and clever. These characters use their intelligence to manipulate other people into giving them what they want or information they need. One example is when Penelope uses deception to hold off a new marriage. Secondly, Odysseus uses deception to outsmart the Cyclops to help him escape and tricks the suitors into thinking he is a beggar while he observes his house. Penelope uses deception to delay her marriage to one of the suitors. She tells them that she will choose a suitor to marry after she finishes weaving a shroud for Odysseus’ father, Laertes. In book two, one of the suitors describes her trick, “so by day she’d weave at her great and growing web- by night, by the light of torches set beside her, she would unravel all she’d done” (Book 2, lines 116-7). The suitor says that throughout the day, Penelope weaves the shroud, but by night, she unravels all the work she puts into it during the day. By doing this, Penelope holds off the wedding for three years. During these years, she flirts with the suitors and the suitors take advantage of the luxuries the king’s palace provides. The suitors
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