Why Penelope is envisioned as a righteous queen

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The epic simile is a specific type of literary device that is used to compare two different things to one another. 

This particular form of writing is mainly defined by the poet, who talks about the “penelope” as being much more righteous than other women.

 Moreover, this comparison helps provide structure for the reader to visualize what they are being told. 

An example of an epic simile would be “The owl flew through the window like a knife.” which, when translated into plain English would read “The owl flew through the window like a knife. ” This particular comparison is used to help the reader visualize how quick and sharp an owl’s wings are.

There are many other ways that the poet can describe Penelope using this epic simile, which leads to one of the most significant conflicts in the story. 

Throughout many different times in The Odyssey, based on the epic simile, the reader should envision penelope as a queen who is a righteous queen. 

This comparison leads into The Odyssey at Book 1, Line 204 when Penelope is first introduced into the story. “But now it was evening, time for bed; so they went to rest each in his own room.”

This statement presents us with our first vision of Penelope as a stereotypical grounded housewife who goes “to rest” after dinner. 

Her housekeeping and work ethic is, in a literal sense, “resting” after a long day of cooking, cleaning and caring for her family.

In the following lines of the story, however, we see a change take place with penelope. The next morning, they sat out their cloaks by the great walled hall that was fronting the palace. 

Here are the facts why Penelope is envisioned as a righteous queen :

1. She remained faithful to her husband and fell in love again.

She was shown to be loyal to her husband and remained faithful to him for over twenty years during his long absence, even though she hated him because of his acts against her family.

2. She did not regret her actions against him (not returning his gifts)

She did not regret her actions against him (not returning his gifts) because she believed that she did the right thing in order to protect herself, her family and her memory of herself. 

This is only one example of how Penelope was seen as a righteous queen by Homer throughout the epic simile.

3. She worked harder than anyone else in order to protect her family’s memory

Penelope worked hard to be able to afford the finest clothing for her maids because she cared about her reputation and that of her daughters. 

This was something that she had practiced throughout the entirety of Odysseus’ absence, which is only one example of how Penelope was seen as a righteous queen by Homer throughout the epic simile.

4. She did the right thing despite what others thought of her (regarding Telemachus’ marriage)

Penelope definitely did not want Telemachus to get married, but she knew it was his turn to live his own life, so she allowed it anyway. 

She was not happy about it but she did not regret her actions against Odysseus because of what others would think of her.

 This is only one example of how Penelope was seen as a righteous queen by Homer throughout the epic simile.

Summary

Penelope is envisioned as a righteous queen through this epic simile by comparing her to the “penelope”. 

The comparison that is used for the two different figures is the fact that Penelope willingly remained faithful to Odysseus during his long absence and she took advantage of his absence in order to protect herself, her family and preserve her memory, much like how an owl does when it flies through a window.

 This comparison allows the reader to understand that Penelope is a much more righteous queen than other women and that she deserved nothing less than the praise and admiration that she received throughout her life.

Even though Penelope is a righteous queen, she is still human and she does make mistakes. 

The author makes sure to show us that Penelope still experiences emotions that are common to other women. She did not want Telemachus to get married, but she knew that it was his turn to live his own life so she allowed it anyway. 

This is only one example of how Penelope was seen as a righteous queen  throughout the epic simile. 

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