Based on the epic simile, the reader should envision Penelope as a queen who is conscientious


Ladies and gentlemen, please allow me to introduce to you a beautiful queen. 

She is a fair maiden with a pure heart and a strong will. 

She is also an extraordinarily beautiful woman who has been bearing the burden of directing her kingdom 

ever since she was old enough to hold this responsibility. 

This is none other than Penelope, the wife of Odysseus, king of Ithaca and conqueror who travelled for twenty years before finally returning home at last.

The story of Odysseus is quite famous. 

In the 2nd century AD, the philosopher Philostratus wrote about this epic odyssey in his  “Lives of the Sophists”. 

According to him, Homer told it to his people through an oral tradition some four hundred years before our time. 

This means that he started composing this tale in approximately 750 BC. 

By that time, in order to remember the story easily and accurately,

 Homer must have already developed a good skill at storytelling and made substantial amount of effort on his part as well.

 He had to make up a lot of names and invent a lot of places and events. He had to do a lot of research. 

From what I gathered, Homer was obviously a man with extraordinary imagination

But that must not be it.

 If only imagination can help one to become an epic poet, 

then I don’t see why all people who have an active imagination cannot be poets or novelists. 

In a sense, all novelists who can create characters and tell stories are just modern day Homer’s.

At any rate, whether or not there is any historical basis for this epic tale still remains doubtful for me even

 if there was such a person as Homer in the first place. By the way, I don’t think that there was such a person.

Sophocles, another great Greek poet, also wrote about Odysseus’ journey home. According to him, 

the hero remained absent for twenty years and returned with his men in a number of ships and at an unknown place.

 He brought back his family along with him: his wife and son.

 He was also accompanied by a lot of treasures that he obtained during his journey. 

For example,

 there was a golden cup as well as a golden goblet. There was even a shield embedded with gold and silver. 

But this story is not about the treasures or about the queen or about the king or about their son or about Grecian warriors. 

This story is about none other than Penelope’s great patience and her epic waiting for her husband’s return. 

The audience may ask themselves at this point, “How long did she wait for him? How many years did she live without her husband?”

 But I can’t tell you that because I am not sure if this story actually took place in the first place. 

I am also not sure if Penelope was the first to wait for her husband or perhaps the only one. 

In fact, I do not think there were others like her in those days.

Perhaps what I want to express here is that Penelope is a very special woman because she waited for her husband for twenty years.

 I would go so far as to say that she is perhaps the only woman who had ever waited for Odysseus’ return with such steadfastness and patience. 

We have records of other mythical stories about women waiting for their husbands, 

but none has ever been recorded with such devotion as in Penelope’s case.

 I think the story of Penelope teaches all the people who read or hear about this epic simile that there is a virtue of waiting.

 In fact, we can attribute all her virtues to her patience and perseverance.

 She never gave up and she never quit, 

so she is truly a great character to be reckoned with because she keeps on going forward no matter what kind of hardship life throws at her.

 Even if there were rough waves of misfortune or storms of calamity in her life, she still stands firm and carries on, 

even if it means waiting for twenty years without him. Imagine how strongly she must have loved him then!

 Or perhaps not. Perhaps she couldn’t wait for him any longer and so she had to find an alternative way to cope with life without him.

 based on the epic simile, the reader should envision penelope as a queen who is

Penelope was different from others. She was a virtuous person.

 I don’t know what kind of upbringing she had, but if I have to guess,

 I would say her parents raised her in a very pious manner. She must have practiced virtue since young.


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