Describe the Love of Penelope and Odysseus

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     Penelope’s charisma has such an influence on Odysseus to the point which makes Odysseus reject goddesses in his presence. What makes Odysseus and Penelope’s love so strong that their relationship still persists after 20 years of separation? They both show remarkable loyalty to each other. Dignity, patience, intelligence, and alluring physical qualities are the common characteristics these two renowned characters share to keep an eternal attraction towards one another.

     Odysseus and Penelope have high standards of dignity. Both understand the importance of their reputation because knowing that one of them marries some else would be dishonourable and also setting a bad example to everyone. They take into account of each other’s mortality and realize their place in the hierarchy. Odysseus tells Calypso, “I too know well enough that my wise Penelope’s looks and stature are insignificant compared with yours. For she is mortal, while you have immortality and unfading youth” (68). Odysseus is aware of the stature of each woman he encounters; but none of the woman he meets live up to the high standards of his wife back in Ithaca. Their glorious reputation would have been ruined if they choose to give up on their faith. Luckily, Homer does not choose to portray the protagonist and wife as weak-minded or impetuous in this story. If Odysseus or Penelope ever actually fell for their beau during their absence with each other, then Odysseus’s homecoming would take an opposite turn of events, knowing that one of them has failed the other in trust and loyalty.

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     Odysseus and Penelope have strong patience and self-control within them. Odysseus, heartbroken and devastated, is trapped at the hands of an attractive and powerful goddess for twenty years, yet still refusing to formally fall in love with her. This act of endurance put on by Odysseus shows just how patient he can be. Calypso does not force him to marry her because doing so would only provoke him to divorce her. Odysseus was able to outwait Calypso and eventually he was guaranteed freedom.

     Similarly, Penelope is constantly contaminated by suitors who have enormous desires to sleep ...

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