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Loyalty in the Odyssey While reading the Odyssey , I am finding that loyalty plays a significant role in the development of the story. Homer presents many illustrations of loyalty which Penelope, Telemachus, Eumaeus, Athena, Argos, and Odysseus give. Penelope is loyal to Odysseus while trying not to offend the rude suitors. The swineherd, Eumaeus, remains a faithful servant of Odysseus even during his long journey. Telemachus is loyal to a father whom he only knows from the stories he has been told. Athena sympathizes with Odysseus and helps him return to his true love and family. Odysseus is loyal to Athena whom he realizes holds his and Telemachus’ lives in her hands during the confrontation of the suitors. Argos won’t allow himself to die until he sees that Odysseus is home. Penelope is loyal to Odysseus for twenty years while he is away on his journey. She holds off getting re- married to the suitors by making a promise that she will choose one after she finishes weaving a shroud for Laertes, Odysseus’ father. During the day, she weaves the shroud, and at night, she unravels all of what she did during the day. At this time, she flirts with the suitors and allows them to court her. She delays the marriage by doing this for three years. Eventually, the suitors catch on to her trick and force
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This note was uploaded on 01/25/2010 for the course ENGLISH 102 taught by Professor Crosbie during the Fall '07 term at Monmouth University-West Long Branch.

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