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A lady with her loom and a warrior with his weapon make the perfect combination for completing a nostos In Homers epic The Odyssey the intertwining of domesticity and power plays a pivotal role For over three years one hundred and eight suitors have been encamped in the palace of King Odysseus Away for twenty years after he sailed for Troy Odysseus has no control or knowledge of what is occurring in his palace In his absence Penelope is forced to cope with the barbaric suitors and weave schemes with the use of her loom to detour from the threat of marriage which is at stake Penelopes clever loom trick now played out for three years is finally discovered by maidservant Melantho No longer able to avoid the suitors Penelope is forced to complete her masterpiece and construct another plot involving the use of Odysseuss beloved bow It is at this point that Odysseus disguised as a beggar returns home Making use of Penelopes cunning Odysseus overcomes the palace through the use of his strength and prowess as a warrior Despite their obvious differences the loom and bow work similarly under the guiding hands of Penelope and Odysseus While the loom is seemingly domestic Penelopes use of it serves as a tool of conquest Penelope uses the loom to ward off the suitors from marriage thus maintaining her place as King Odysseuss wife Penelope surrounded by suitors who have invaded her home forces them to wait to marry her until she completes a shroud she is weaving for her father-in-law Laertes Antinous furious about Penelopes deception rants to Telemachus This was her latest masterpiece of guileshe set up a great loom in the royal hallsand she began to weaveand she would lead us on Young menmy suitors now that King Odysseus is no morego slowly keen as you are to
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