CLCV115 - Assignment #3 - Ji Yoon (Jenny) Lee CLCV 115 Amy...

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Ji Yoon (Jenny) Lee CLCV 115 – Amy Oh Writing Assignment #3 Due: December 7, 2006 Most female figures in ancient literature are portrayed as subservient and yielding to male figures. However, in Odyssey by Homer and Antigone by Sophocles, major female figures are portrayed as courageous individuals attaining various qualities that are not easily prevalent in most females during the ancient Greek times. Penelope in the Odyssey and Antigone in Antigone share numerous qualities such as being loyal to their loved ones and not easily yielding to superior beings due to their beliefs. However, the two figures also share several differences. While Antigone tends to be quick in action and in expressing her thoughts outwardly, Penelope is sly and carries her actions out rather quietly. These differences are significant because these works then tell the readers that not all brave and independent women of Greek society have to live or act in one same way, rather providing the readers that there are various ways that women of different characteristics and personalities can stay strong by their beliefs and faith unyielding to powerful male figures. In ancient Greek Society, women were subject to men and once they were married off to their husbands, much of their decisions depended on their husbands. However, through these two works, a woman is shown as someone more than just a wife and a mother. Odyssey and Antigone show an independent, unyielding yet wise kind of women of ancient Greek times for the readers, especially women at that time, to follow as their model. . As the story begins in the Odyssey , the readers are soon told of the situation that Telemachos, son of Odysseus, has fallen into after his father’s, Odysseus’, disappearance following the fall of Troy. After twenty years of his father’s absence, Telemachos is
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suffering various difficulties brought by a group of rowdy suitors of his mother. As these suitors are eating off of Odysseus’ animals, Telemachos does not have enough courage to take a stand to drive the suitors out of his house until the goddess Athene comes about to help him ( Odyssey II 11-13). As for Penelope, Telemachos’ mother and Odysseus’ wife,
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course CLCV 115 taught by Professor R.scottandlorigarner during the Fall '08 term at University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

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