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Women in Homers Odyssey

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41000 The gender roles especially the role of women in the society presented in Odyssey is actually the reflection of the perception of the then Greek society which did not see any roles of women during the war but saw them as the mistress of the house who remained busy in weaving and spinning and giving orders to maids. Telemachus’ attitude with his mother in Book 1 and Book of Odyssey shows how the men of the society viewed women’s role in society. Homer depicted Greek society engaged in epic wars where the whole life of the people consumed in fighting against their enemies. These wars took years and the warrior took a long time to get back to their homes. Sometimes homecoming took so much time as is the case of Odysseus. This situation gave women a sort of importance at home. They had to run the affairs of the house at home as we see that in the absence of her husband Penelope has to face the suitors who have come to propose her due to the supposed death of Odysseus. She spends time in entertaining the suitors at the feast as she is the mistress of the house. But this role is not accepted by the men of the family. We find that Telemachus shows his resentment when he sees his mother among the suitors at feast suggesting Phemios sing a different song as the song he was singing reminded her of the loss of her beloved husband and she is a woman could not bear the account that tragic event. Telemachus admonishes Penelope on this as he thinks that she is showing weakness quite characteristic of her gender. Greek society viewed women as a weaker gender who had soft hearts. Penelope herself expresses her weakness in the following words: He also makes her realize that he is the master of the house in regard to matters concerning men. He is to decide what is to happen in their household when there is any activity concerning men.&nbsp.