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Love separation and determination are the traits shown by Penelope and Odysseus in the Odyssey by Homer In the twenty-year separation that Odysseus and Penelope face they both showed what they are made of In times of desperation both Odysseus and Penelope are very cunning smart and strong willed different situations bring out these various traits from Odysseus and Penelope Although it is difficult for both Odysseus and Penelope to be separated for twenty-years their determination is what aids them through the hard times Although many people say that opposites attract Odysseus and Penelope defy this saying Determination intelligence and dependence on each other is what carries both Penelope and Odysseus thought their twenty-year journey Odysseus and Penelope are both very smart and cunning Odysseus faced many dilemmas in his journey and for every dilemma Odysseus has a plan When Odysseus faces the Cyclops he knows not to kill the Cyclops until he opens up the slag door He then jams a red-hot stake into the Cyclops enlarged eye In many other situations like the Sirens Odysseus has a plan He ties himself up to the mast so that he wouldnt fall to the lovely voices of the nymphs Penelope also shared the trait of being cunning when the suitors were in Ithaca Penelope started to weave a death shroud By day she wove and by night she undid her work This was a very cleaver trick to keep the Suitors waiting enabling more time for Odysseuss return Upon Odysseus arrival back to Ithaca he was turned into a beggar He took advantage of the situation by testing his own wifes faithfulness Although he is wrong for doing so it is very cleaver for him to ask at that time rather than when he is back to himself which he may have gotten an untruthful response Penelope also did the same and tested Odysseus identity but at a lowed extent than Odysseus She tricked
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