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The Role of Women in The Odyssey Women form an important part of the folk epic The Odyssey Within the story there are three basic types of women the goddess the seductress and the good hostesswife Each role adds a different element and is essential to the telling of the story The role of the goddess is one of a supernatural being but more importantly one in a position to pity and help mortals Athena the goddess of wisdom is the most prominent example of the role Athena has intelligence and independent through the entire poem Athena also has compassion for Odysseus devising the plan to help him return home because she feels sorry for him In the very beginning of the story she is seen making a plea for Odysseus return home and throughout the first half of the book she assists him in his journey She is the driving force behind arranging Odysseus return home from getting Kalypso to release him to making sure Nausikaa found him on Skheria In books 1-4 she helps Telemakhos Odysseus son gather the courage to go out and get news about his father Youll never be fainthearted or a fool Telemakhos if you have your fathers spirithe finished what he cared to say and what he took in hand he brought to passThe sea routes will yield their distances to his true son Penelopes true son- I doubt anothers luck would hold so far The son is rare who measures with his father and one in a thousand is a better man but you will have the sap and wit and preduce- for you to get that from Odysseus to give you a fair chance of winning through So never mind the suitors and their ways there is no judgment in them neither do they know anything of death and the black terror close upon them- dooms day on them all You need not linger over going
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