The Role of Women in Oedipus the King and Odyssey of Homer
This paper tries to distinguish the significant difference between the
role of women portrayed in Oedipus the King and Homer 's Odyssey . The
initial supposition that this paper suggests is that the aforementioned
works have contrasting regards on the role women .
It is to be noted that both works have been noble and famous since the
Ancient Greece . The former is about a tragic hero fated to be the
murderer of his own father while the latter is constituted of short
stories which are described to happen after the ``Trojan War '
Nevertheless , this paper is focus on the characters and parts of women
played in the two works . This paper is consists of three parts . The
first part is on the presentation of character and parts of women
portrayed in Oedipus the King and Odyssey of Homer . The second part is
an evaluation or analysis of the information presented in the first
part . The last part is the conclusion .
First Part : On Jocasta of Oedipus the King and Penelope , Athena , Calypso
and Helen of Homer 's Odyssey
Jocasta was the queen of Thebes and wife of Laius . She was also the
mother of the protagonist Oedipus . When she knew about the prophecy
decreed by the Fate , she insisted the death of his own son . However , she
did not succeed such attempt . The story ends with the tragic death of
her husband and herself , and the exile of her son .
In this work , Jocasta was the only distinct woman . She played her part
as a queen , as a wife , and as a mother . She seemed to be strong and
determined in the early part of the story but becomes vulnerable and
weak in the end .
On the other hand , Penelope , the goddess Athena , Calypso , and Helen of
Troy were the embodiment of courage , power , strength and influence .
Penelope was the wife of Odysseus , a Greek and notable hero of the
``Trojan War . When he was stranded , Penelope did not lose...