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Women in the Odyssey

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Cathryn Michael

on 29 April 2010

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Odysseus had returned back to Circe's island again for the second time. Circe had warned him about the Sirens and how they had a song that lures in sailors to their destruction. Women in the
Odyssey Odysseus had given his men beeswax to put in their ears and told them that it would muffle the singing of the Sirens, so they would not be lured in. Athena was the goddess of wisdom, skills, and warfare. She helped Odysseus on his journey back home to Ithaca by protecting him. While Odysseus was traveling he almost got caught in Charybdis. Athena had saved him by placing a fig tree in Charybdis so Odysseus could jump and hold onto it. When Odysseus left to go to Troy his mother was helping raise Telemachus. While Odysseus was trying to get home his mother, along with other people in Ithaca, had thought that Odysseus was dead because the war in Troy had already been fought and he had yet to return home. When Anticlea thought that her son Odysseus was dead, she had committed suicide out of grief for the loss of him. Come to found out Odysseus was not dead, he was in fact on his way home to Ithaca. Odysseus had seen her ghostly form in the Land of the Dead and he was stricken with sorrow. Calypso was a sea goddess who loved Odysseus. She had kept Odysseus on her island for 7 years. Odysseus had never forgotten about his home Ithaca, his wife Penelope, and his son Telemachus. Calypso then chose to let him go because of Odysseus unhappiness. Odysseus had never forgotten his home in Ithaca, his wife Penelope, and his son Telemachus. Calypso finally chose to let Odysseus go because of his unhappiness. Circe was a sorceress,whom was a goddess that had ruled her own island and she transformed men into pigs also. When Odysseus needed help Circe had given him instructions, to go to the Land of the Dead and consult the blind prophet Tiresias for advice. Circe had kept him there for a year. Before Odysseus had left Circe had warned him of the Sirens, Scylla, Charybdis, and Helios’s cows. Penelope was the wife of Odysseus. Odysseus and Penelope had a son named Telemachus. Penelope was loyal to her husband who had been gone for 20 years. She believed that Odysseus would return to his family and Ithaca after being away for 20 years. Created By: Cathryn Michael
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