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In "The Odyssey", how does Odysseus defeat the wooers of Penelope?

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azziebon | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 7, 2009 at 4:05 AM via web

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In "The Odyssey", how does Odysseus defeat the wooers of Penelope?

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lizbv | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted January 7, 2009 at 5:12 AM (Answer #1)

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Under his disguise given to him by Athena, Odysseus is able to fool the suitors. Penelope announces a contest: whosoever is able to string Odysseus' bow and then shoot an arrow through the rings of twelve axes standing in a row will win her hand in marriage.  All the suitors fail and finally Odysseus is able to. He then slays Antinous, the suitor who had mocked him since his arrival, and announced his identity to the suitors. He then kills them all with the help of his two servants and his son, Telemachus.  Additionally, they kill all the housemaids who had been disloyal to Penelope during his absence.  

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