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Penelope's Story

I, Penelope, am disturbed by several people who want to marry me since they think

Odysseus is dead. Odysseus is the King of Ithaca, and this is the reason suitors seek my hand in

marriage so that they can gain the wealth he left for Telemachus, our son. Iusetrickery by

undoing the shroud in the night to keep off suitors, and I am successful for three years in doing

so. Amidst this crisis in Ithaca, I secretly want to visit Troy to find my husband. I am tired of

waiting and hearing rumors that he is alive, and I need to go and find out on my own. I will leave

Telemachus with the nurseEurycleia and caution her not to tell him until I am gone. If I am

lucky, I will come back with Odysseus on my side, and this will be the most significant

achievement of my life, and I will bring joy to my husband. Before marrying Odysseus, I always

knew that we would be separated at one point, and I was mentally prepared for this. Myson

Telemachus is young and cannot challenge the suitors, who are destroying his father's wealth. I

cannot continue living a life of constant disturbance, and thus I must be courageous and

undertake this torturous journey.

Athena visits Telemachus and advises him to stand up against the suitors since his father

was alive and would come back soon. In the scene where I ward off the young suitors,

From my point of view, the story develops to show how I am faithful to Odysseus

through declining many attempts by young suitors to marry them. I instead focus on waiting for

my husband, whom I believe is alive. My thoughts on how life will be and how the story
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develops differ, and I suffer because of my expectations. I also hope that Odysseus will return

from captivity. I am saddened by the death of Lord Laertes, as well as the absence of my

husband and King of Ithaca, Odysseus. I am running out of tactics to keep my suitors at bay, and

thus, I have to think of alternative ways to ensure that I am not married off before I find out

Odysseus' fate. Telemachus does not like what is happening, and I must also protect his

inheritance should his father not return. Although I believe Odysseus is alive, I have learned to

be cautious and, thus, my actions to secure my son's birthright. Since Athena's visit, I suspect

that he knows the whereabouts of my husband and I plan to look for him. He should be able to

give me directions to where he is being held captive. In the story, my expectations are cut short

by the capture of Odysseus. Antinous is the most annoying, and he seeks to become King once

he marries me (Homer725). From this stalemate, I am further devastated by Telemachus' choice

of going to find his father and end the suitors'efforts. I feel that I have lost both my husband and

son. I wish that I should wait for Odysseus' return rather than seeing Prince Telemachus going to

look for him. I had hoped to evade Antinous and other suitors and seek Odysseus, who would

have come back and driven them away. I expect that I will serve as the queen of the Achaeans

with my husband as King and Telemachus as prince and second in line to the throne I am not

ready to allow the throne to be assumed by a person who is only driven by lust. Most of my

suitors are Odysseus' friends, and hence they portray the highest level of betrayal towards him.

When Odysseus returns to Ithaca secretly, I suspect the beggar to be disguised as

Odysseus. Therefore,I am hospitable to him. Telemachus' return is a sign that he may have found

my husband. I intend to question him and find out more about his journey. I am aware of the

beggar's allegations of Odysseus' return, and I plan to use all possible means to find out whether

he is telling the truth or not. My protection of the beggar from my suitors' insults is an attempt to
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set a good pace for the conversation that I am planning with him. I also intend to use the beggar

to frustrate my suitors further so that I can have adequate time to talk to the beggar. Deep within,

I have my suspicions that the beggar might be Odysseus, but I have lost hope in his return, and I

do not want to entertain such thoughts only to be disappointed.

My first encounter with Odysseus as a beggar is in the hall full of suitors. I am interested

in the beggar who seems to have news about my husband. I shower praise for my lost husband as

I attempt to ward off the suitors, who were now angry at my delayed decision of choosing a

husband. The beggar is insulted by the suitors, but I protect him from their insults (Homer775).

My hopes to hear about Odysseus drive me to protect the beggar from the suitors and maybe hear

some positive news about Odysseus. I always hoped for his safe return, but over the years, I lost

hope in finding him but remained unmarried despite piling pressure. I engage the beggar in a

conversation as I attempt to get information about Odysseus. I am not optimistic as before since

my life has not gone as I had initially thought.

I recount how Achaeans left for Troy and never came back (Homer777). From my

narration, I seem to have lost all hope of ever finding my husband. I had always thought that

Odysseus was invincible and thus had never thought of him being captured or killed. Odysseus

disguised, as a beggar, is proud of me since Ido not want to remarry without finding out his fate.

This shows the focus that I have on being the Queen of Achaeans led by my husband, King

Odysseus. My woes are compounded by the suitors who come to consume food and drinks as

they seek my hand in marriage. I tell the beggar that it is against hospitality rules to chase them

away, and I must welcome them and give them food (Homer778). From my experience, I have

expected to live alongside my husband in peace as we ruled the people. However, suitors have

become a nuisance in my house. Thus, my development of the story is different from the actual
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events that occurred. Throughout the story, I am portrayed as a devastated woman because of my

ambitious expectations of life.

I am faced with the daunting task of choosing a life partner among the crowd of suitors.

Before the event, I sob when I see my husband bow (Homer782). My strategy is to ensure that

none of the potential suitors will be able to pass the test, and I will declare that none of them is

suitable to marry me and thus further delaying the exercise. The story development shows that I

am being forced rather than doing it out of my own free will. I give them the challenge of

bending the bow and stringing it to shoot twelve arrows through an axe socket (Homer783). My

plan is genius since Ibelievenone of the men would be able to string the bow, leave alone

shooting straight through the socket. My actions portray plans to delay my choice of a suitor. I

attempt to change destiny in the story by giving the suitors an almost impossible task. Many

suitors attempt the task but fail even to bend the bow.

My strategy is a way of guiding destiny towards my initial expectations. I once again

come to the rescue of the beggar to allow him to have his chance (784). I want to frustrate the

suitors since I had been told by the "beggar" that Odysseus is on his way to Ithaca. Even after

Odysseus reveals himself to me, I am not convinced that it is indeed my husband who has

returned. My actions reveal an individual who has been frustrated by life. I now take precautions

on the occurrences around my life. My decision to test Odysseus shows that I intend to create my

path as Iseemylife in the beginning. My expectations on how life would develop, converge with

how the story developed but only after going through numerous challenges. I seem to have

gained distrust when my story develops in a way I did not expect. I show my resolve to stick to

mystory regardless of the time it will take to occur. Consequently, my story eventually happens

when I am reunited with my husband and King of Ithaca, Odysseus.


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My initial plan to wait for Odysseus succeeds when he passes the test. I am overwhelmed

by the fact that he turns out to be the beggar I had been hospitable to, and I am sure that he

confirms that I have been faithful to him in his absence. I expected the development of my story,

which does not occur until the ending stages. My life takes a turn for the worse when Odyssey

leaves for Troy and is captured. Potential suitors flock and attempt to marry me, but I am keen on

raising Telemachus. My story goes worse when Telemachus goes in pursuit of his father, and I

feel like I have lost both of them. My story realigns when I have to seek a suitor since Ilosehope

of Odysseus' return. Unknown to me, I select Odysseus as my suitor but still subject him to test

to prove his identity. My story shapes me in the way, I delay the process of choosing a potential

suitor and also do not believe Odysseus until he proves himself. My story is built on

expectations, and the actual story satisfies my expectations from the beginning.
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Work Cited

Homer, Robert. The Odyssey. David Campbell Publishers, 2000.