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The Untrusted Suitor Have you ever said one thing but done another or do you act differently around certain people Some people try to impress others with their words although their actions may suggest something quite different Eurymakos a suitor in the epic The Odyssey Homer translated by Robert Fitzgerald displays different personalities Although he wants Penelope and Telemakos to believe he is shameless his actions around the other suitors suggest otherwise To better understand the situation it is important to know why Eurymakos feels the need to impress Penelope and Telemakos All of the suitors including Eurymakos are competing among each other for Penelopes hand in marriage It seems practical that a prospecting husband would act sincere to the lady and her son if the suitor wishes to be the chosen one Most of what Eurymakos says to Penelope and Telemakos are lies but he betters his chance at becoming the chosen husband His relationship with the other suitors is in sheer competitiveness He is eager to impress them and because of this it makes him one of the most untrusting suitors in the book To upset either Penelope or Telemakos would only jeopardize his chance at becoming the next husband That is why the book shows Eurymakos behaving wisely to Penelope and son On one hand Eurymakos seems genuine to the needs of both Penelope and Telemakos When Telemakos feels as if his home is in havoc Eurymakos assures him that he himself is only interested in his mother and does not wish to consume the property Eurymakos also tries to comfort Penelope when she fears her son is in danger by telling her that he will see that no harm will come to Telemakos As he continues to tell Penelope and Telemakos the things he thinks they want to hear he charms his position with gifts and compliments Beauty like yours no woman had before or majesty or mastery is one
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