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In many works there are reflected common themes that enrich the tale and cause the reader to relate the theme to his own life We often find ourselves more enthralled with stories that affect us in an emotional way One topic that I have found recurring in the works that I have come across this semester is abandonment--specifically the abandonment of women by their husbands or lovers This abandonment can be physical or emotional As we have read in The Odyssey as told by Homer and The Aeneid written by Virgil husbands in literature are sometimes forced to abandon their wives because of circumstances beyond their control and inadvertently end up leaving their women for a good cause These are both cases of ends justifying means In other works such as Euripides Medea and Christine de Pisans Treasure of the City of Ladies we are told just what might happen when a man leaves his love for another woman due to his own vanity The work of modern art known as Ariadne by Giorgio de Chirico is a painting based on another Greek myth involving the abandonment of Ariadne a figure in ancient mythology Although the works differ in the ways that women handle abandonment by their husbands it is interesting to see just how different various individuals behave in similar circumstances In The Odyssey the story is told of Odysseuss return home after the Trojan War Throughout that ten-year journey he encounters many obstacles in his path He discovers the lands of the Cyclops the Laestrygonians the Sirens and even the Dead However classic hero that he is Odysseus overcomes these dangers through his guile and courage to eventually return home to his wife Penelope and his son Telemachus For three years Penelope had been warding off more than one hundred suitors by explaining to them that she would agree to see one of them once she was done with her weaving of
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