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In "The Odyssey" Women Can Not Be Trusted. Discuss

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Women Should Never Be Trusted Even before the book, The Odyssey by Homer is created, there are many instances where women are to be believed as people who could not be trusted, and men has many different thoughts on how a woman acts. In The Odyssey, there are many dealings where this major theme of women continually repeats itself in books nine through twelve, where the lustful goddess, Circe tricks Odysseus' men, and Clytemnestra, Agamemnon's wife kills her own husband. Homer tries to point out that women cannot be trusted by showing numerous instances that women betray or trick men. Homer puts out that women are not dependable after the first of many examples where women deceive men. Odysseus is not the only one man who is tricked by a woman but many of his men at Aeaea Island got decieved as well. ...read more.


Without taking into account that Circe is a woman, the men all went in blind to the tricks up Circe's sleeve. Later, at Aeaea Island, when Odysseus finds out that his men are pigs, he goes to confront Circe, "In a golden bowl she mixed a potion for me to drink, stirring her poison, her heart aswirl with evil" (10.350). Odysseus shows his disbelief toward Circe, when she had "stirring her poison" knowing from Hermes that inside that potion will poison him. Looking at Circe makes Odysseus feel that her personality is dark, when he think that her, "heart aswirl with evil" and not a woman that he should trust. Women, in total, are creatures that cannot be trusted at all in Homer's point of view. ...read more.


If a woman has no heart, there is no reason to trust in that person, knowing that they will do harm. Agammenon tries to show Odysseus that never trusting women is the best path to go. Women backstabbers and hurtful people, and women are not to be believed no matter how related they are. Throughout The Odyssey, continually Homer shows different examples that try to prove that all women are evil, where Clytemnestra kills her own husband, and Circe tricks all of Odysseus' men. Women are believed by Homer to be people that are not trustworthy or dependable. What Homer missed is the fact that it may be the man who makes themselves not trustful at the first place, so that the woman has no choice but to betray the "untruthful" men after all. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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