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Patriarchy in The Odyssey Women were always looked upon as inferior to males since the very beginning of time This method called patriarchy was much displayed in Homers Odyssey The Odyssey favored the male specie and viewed the men as more dominant than the females For instance Odysseus wife Penelope had been probed by the suitors while Odysseus was gone Penelopes son Telemachus had left her and his homeland of Ithaca to go to try and find his long-lost father Odysseus There was also the thought that women were evil The many thousands of years ago that The Odyssey took place in was considered by many as a male-monopolized society The duration of the time that Odysseus was gone each of the suitors had been trying to make Penelope his wife Although she had turned down each and every one of them they had all forced her to sleep with them and to take care of them As Telemachus says Suitors plague my mother- against her will- sons of the very men who are your finest here Theyd sooner die than approach her fathers house so Icarius himself might see to his daughters bridal hand her to whom he likes whoever meets his fancy page 95 This patriarchal environment was in other words males pursuing female Telemachus had soon played a part in this patriarchal idea as well Telemachus had decided to journey out to find his father leaving his mama behind and deciding what to do with her when she comes back whether to marry another man or to stay as she is wed to Odysseus This asserts the legitimacy of patriarchy since he had enough power to do as he pleased being a young man to go and take a dangerous voyage out If I hear hes dead Odysseus no longer among the living then back Ill come to the native land I love raise his grave-mound build his honors high with
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