Masculinities and Femininities of Odyssey

Discovering the Masculinities and Femininities of Odyssey
            ENG2002 World Literature I: From the Ancient World to the Middle Ages
                                          South University Online
                                                  Sherri Annas
                                              September 30, 2014

  Discovering the Masculinities and Femininities of Odyssey:
  Homer is very much an epic tale of a man’s heroic quest, women play an incredibly large role.   Odysseus what I think, was a lady’s man.   At the beginning of the book Odyssey he had women wanting him as their husband for example, Calypso Circe, the Aeaean witch.   But none of these women captured Odysseus heart (Homer, Page 111).   Penelope is the women that captured Odysseus heart.   Penelope was a woman who stay true to her husband.   Odysseus left on his journey and Penelope waited twenty years own her husband (Penelope and Odysseus).  
    The woman of The Odyssey were known as one might say servant girls or deities, are assigned to the slim role of mothers, seductresses, or a combination of both.   Also, the women of The Odyssey were known as fragile and weak.   They had no men at home.   The men left searching for their quest.   . Without a steady support of a man to guide them, these women appear to be lost and inconsolable.   The mothers in this text serve little function aside from mourning their men and urging them to remain safe, which is an important notion because much of the masculine sense of glory was associated with attaining glory. In many ways, the value placed on fathers and sons in The Odyssey were much greater than the bonds with mothers or daughters.   The men of The Odyssey ere definitely the leaders of the book.   But, the women in the way I’m thinking were very strong too.   The women had to be strong to wait for their men for that many of years (20).   I’m not talking about being strong mental but being strong mentally (Articlemyraid).
The men of...