him by constraint, and he cannot make his way to his country, for he has. Even though Odysseus does not fall prey to Circe's magic and turn into a pig, he and his men do linger at her palace for a year, wasting valuable time. The above preview is unformatted text. Another impotent sympathy factor is the characters motivation for falling for their respective hero. Though it is evident that Odysseus longs to return to Penelope in Ithaka, it sometimes appears that he has lost vision of what life was like with a wife, a son, and with thousands of people who regard him as King. Calypso and Circe are two beautiful women who entrap Odysseus's emotions for a while and distract him from his mission of getting home to Penelope. Dido states in her speech to Aeneas that her people have lost all respect for her, and as a result she feels the only way to regain some respect is to kill herself. In both cases there is no evidence for the two women, Circe and Penelope actually being with another man. Circe appears later in the epic poem, but Odysseus actually meets her first. . However although within these epics the characters have negative roles to play they themselves are victims of fate. Penelope is very loyal to Odysseus right to the were end of the odyssey as she has lots of suitors and does not pick any or give in to the temptation that is around with the increasing advances of the suitors, they are continually throwing.
M, (December 31, 1969). These two female characters are especially enticing to Odysseus because they are goddesses. Calypso and Circe have the least sympathetic motives as they are simply looking for a companion (a modern phrase we would use is trophy husband) and as goddesses have more then likely had many companions before Odysseus. The promise that she made to Odysseus that when telemachus has grown a beard and has become a man, then she will remarry, true to her word she does intend to remarry as she sets out the challenge of the great bow to stall time. Classics Essay, Compare and Contrast Penelope and Circe The theme of the two woman's relationship with Odysseus is complex however they are both very different in what, to them justifies as a relationship. Circe's fate and meeting with the gods is much more upfront as she is one herself whereas Penelope's meeting is much more secretive because unlike Circe she is not a goddess herself.read more. However she does not stray from Odysseus even though he had been gone for 20 years. Circe may not be the driving force that Penelope is but she certainly helped him on his quest, even if she did hinder him by keeping him at her palace as well. Andrew Belcher Compare the portrayal of Dido in the Aeneid to that of Calypso, Circe and Nausicaa in the Odysseys. These four characters all have the same role within the Odyssey and the Aeneid as they are all put in place as obstacles to the hero's quest.