Examine if Odysseus' actions against the suitors in The Odyssey are justified.

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I think that a good case can be made that Odysseus was justified in taking action against the suitors. Part of any justification of Odysseus's behavior resides in the dishonorable way that the suitors treat his home and its inhabitants.  Homer shows honor as a critical aspect of Greek society.  It is the reason why the war against Troy is fought.  Honor is vitally important to the Homeric Classical setting. It becomes evident that the suitors bring a sense of dishonor to Odysseus's home.  The fact that they overtake the residence without any regard for the man of the house itself is one example of dishonor.  Additionally, the suitors vie for Penelope's hand in name only.  The suitors are there for the prizes of Odysseus's home and show little in way of respect for the traditions and sense of decorum that Penelope displays.  Penelope herself says as much in challenging the suitors to string Odysseus' bow:

Listen to me you suitors, who persist in abusing the hospitality of this...

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