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The character Penelope in the the Odyssey. I have read the story but am having trouble understanding her role. Can you help describe her? I want to include information about her appearance, words repeated to describe her, her heritage and family history. Items that would be associated with her character, such as the weave. Her ethics and values, choices made, wisdom of actions. Her quests, motivation, complications. Her effects on others. Changes in her during the course of the story. Her strengths and weaknesses...

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Penelope is to Odysseus as Odysseus is to his destiny, in other words Homer created two sides of the same coin.  Penelope waits for her husband's return and to do so must use, adapt, and incorporate all measures necessary to stop all would be potential husbands, thus following her destiny.  Odysseus too is mired in distraction, however he will follow his destiny.  The resolve of both characters through thick and thin is what binds them together.  Homer developed Penelope as a mirror reflection of Odysseus even though their journey's were very different.  While...

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