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Frieda TorguemanMarch 14 2001 The Odyssey of Homer Regardless of the way an individual describes society in a given time period women over the course of the years have always been an important issue to focus on Rarely are they treated as true equals neither in reality nor in the writing Homers Odyssey is one such writing which poetically describes the daily life of the Greeks in antiquity Although in his work women are treated differently than men and are shown to be of lesser status Homer does not advocate a misogynistic view Misogyny is the hatred of women by men The Odyssey is not misogynistic In exploring the ways that women are in fact of lesser status in this society one can also see that they are not at the point of being hated Women in the Odyssey are very often seen and spoken about as sexual creatures Penelope the wife of Odysseus is one such woman Penelope was left home when her husband went to fight in the Trojan War She had no way of foreseeing that she would be alone for twenty years Chaos has taken over her household and she is left with her only son Telemachos Athene the goddess of wisdom decides to help Telemachos find out where Odysseus is and why he has not yet returned from his journey however she disguises herself first She acts like an ordinary person and tries to have a typical conversation with Telemachos He desperately wants to know if Mentes knows where his father Odysseus is Athene asks him if he is sure that Odysseus is his father Telemachos responds honestly and says that all he knows is what his mother has told him for how could anyone possibly know for certain who his or her father is 1 206-223 This shows a tremendous amount about the people at the time There was very little trust in the women because the
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