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In Homers Odyssey the women are portrayed in many different ways some are said to be wise while others are cruel but many are treated differently from the opposite gender One of the women in the story Penelope was portrayed as very wise but because of her gender she was expected to obey many of the men Similarly to Penelope Arete queen of the Phaeacians was equally wise but was viewed almost as an equal to the men In contrast to the other two women Melantho was very malicious and was treated similarly to the men in the end of the book To begin Penelope was considered to be extremely wise but was expected to listen and comply with many of the men To avoid becoming married Penelope used her wisdom to devise a trick to keep the Suitors from forcing her to choose one of them In book two it is stated 8230she began weaving a large and delicate piece of work8230for Lord Laertes8230by day she used to weave at the great web but every night had torches set beside it and undid the work This clearly shows that she was cleverer than the Suitors and also that she applied her wisdom for her familys benefit However despite her wisdom Penelope because of her sex was expected to obey many people of the opposite gender This is proven in book 21 when it says As for the bow mother shrewd Telemachus interposed8230 is the mens concern and mine above all for I am the master in this house8230so go to your quarters now and attend to your own work8230 This shows that Penelope was required to obey most men including her own son who was still too young to take over Odysseus position in the house Clearly although Penelope was wiser than many men she was still expected to comply with their orders Similarly to Penelope Arete who was the queen of Phaeacia was
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