What does this image illustrate? Why is it important?
This image shows Odysseus leaving Penelope and Telemachus to go to Troy. He and Penelope are telling each other goodbye. In the picture Odysseus is shown as brave and powerful. It also seems that both Penelope and Odysseus are not upset about him leaving to go to war, however, in the story Odysseus does not wish to go to war with his fellow Greeks. He wishes to stay home with Penelope and his son. This image does not show the sadness that is present when Odysseus has to leave.
-Kelly B

This image is very interesting. This must have been as Odysseus was leaving for the Trojan war. It shows how they do not want to let go of each other and be without one another. They can not stop looking into each other's eyes and holding their arms out as a sign of wanting each other's company. Although the expression on their faces are difficult to see, it seems as if they are both very upset which is not surprising. Penelope and Odysseus have not a clue on when Odysseus' return will be.-kathryn

This image shows Odysseus leaving to go fight in Troy. Then you have Penelope and Telemachus waving goodbye. In this picture Odysseus looks very strong and brave, although I think he is deeply regretting leaving in the first place. Penelope looks fragile, yet also strong because she has to be for her son. The dog that is sitting right in front of Penelope looks like the protection that Telemachus will provide when he becomes older, but for now he will have to do. Odysseus look very hesitant to leave and maybe we is wondering what will happen while he is gone.
- Caitlin B

1. Contrast Odysseus and Penelope.
Odysseus can also be considered as Prideful and unfaithful. On his way home, he wasted his time in Circe Island for 1 year of luxury and extended his journey when he was in the cyclops Island. On the other hand, Penelope who remain faithful towards her husband. She waited and waited, did everything she could to protect her country and herself from the suitors. She also did her best to raise Telemachus up, who miserably gained curiosities and inferiors for not having his father and have no clues of what he was like.
-Pink c.
2. Compare Odysseus and Penelope.
3. What secrets do they share?
4. Odysseus is a trickster. Give examples of how Penelope acts like trickster.
When Odysseus is gone, Penelope tricks the suitors. She tells them that when she is done weaving, she will choose one of them. Every night she unwinds what she has woven, buying herself time. She is just as cunning as Odysseus.
-Kelly B
Just Like Odysseus, Penelope is also a trickster. She tricks the suitors in the very beginning of the story. She is weaving a burial shroud for Odysseus’s father. She tells the suitors that when she is finally finished with the shroud, she will give up the dream that Odysseus will come home. After finishing she will marry one of the ungrateful suitors. She tricks them because she technically never intended to finish the shroud. By day she would weave, but by night she would undo the weaving she had done. She is very cleaver about it, until the suitors catch on to her, 3 years later.
~ Caitlin B
5. Odysseus is a leader. Is Penelope one, too?
Penelope is a leader as well because she continues to be truthful and loyal to Odysseus. She has courage because she does not fall into the pressure to marry one of the suitors. Penelope stands to keep her country and people together because their king has left and hasn’t returned. To be a leader, he/she must be strong and faithful. The person must stand up for what he/she thinks is right. The definition of a leader is something that both Odysseus and Penelope fall under.
~ Caitlin B
6. In this reading of The Odyssey, I see Odysseus making mistakes and growing. Does Penelope do the same?
Penelope has made a lot of mistakes but she has also grown up. Her biggest mistake was keeping the suitors in her house. I think she kind of liked the attention she was getting from the suitors because of Odysseus' absence. Along the road however, she told the suitors what she really thought and has been very clever with ideas of how to discover Odysseus and get out of marriage with the suitors. This says a lot about Penelope
~Keha E
7. Why does their marriage work?
Their marriage works because Odysseus and Penelope have an everlasting love for each other. No matter what the other does, they forgive and forget. An example of this is when Odysseus finally arrives home and tells Penelope that he spent 7 years on an island with another woman. Penelope doesn't ask him to explain himself anymore, she doesn't care what he did, she's just happy that he has come back home safely.
~Keha E
8. Once they are together, what do the gods do to increase their happiness?
9. The scar, the bow, and the bed. What do they represent?

The scar- this represents something that only Odysseus has that only the people closest to him can recognize him by. It isn't what makes him who is, but its a sure fire way to tell who he is.The bow- the bow represents Odysseus's strength and individuality. Nobody else proved strong enough to bend this bow and he does it without even thinking.the bed- the bed represents Odysseus and and Penelopy's everlasting bond that will live on forever, like the tree that the bed is built off of. The headboard of the bed is built out of a very old tree, and Odysseus built it himself. --Katie van Amson

Penelope and Odysseus have a sad relationship once Odysseus leaves for the Trojan War. He is gone for many, many years and Penelope is left to be living on her own. She is in charge of raising her son without the help of her husband. Penelope is worried about Odysseus because he has not returned and she does not have a clue about his location and if he is even alive. Her hope for his return is very high and she will not stop believing in him.

Unfortunately for Penelope, she has no idea that Odysseus is fooling around with some other woman while he is trying to get home. HIs love for her is still strong but Odysseus wants to live life to the fullest. He has no idea when or if he will return home.
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Pledge of Love

I've made a vow, to no one but you
I pledge my love to forever be true
I'll take care of you and treat you right
I'll lay beside you all through the night
I'll feed you and clothe you and keep you warm
I'll hug you and kiss you and give shelter in the storm
I'll help you and guide you and clear a path
I'll protect you and shield you from an angry man's wrath
I'll listen to your problems help you solve them too
I'll make you a rainbow and let the sun shine through
I'll take your side even if you're wrong
Just to prove our love is strong
I'll plant you flowers and make them grow
They'll be a symbol of love that only we'll know
I'll whisper your name when no one is near
So low that only you can hear
You'll feel my love even if we're apart
You'll know that we are one in heart

- Vesta Sikora -

I think that this poem describes Odysseas and Penelope before Odysseus went to war. Their love was so strong before he left and i think that Penelope still feels this way, given the fact that she has waited for odysseus this long. Odysseus still feels this way i think but not as strongly. he has cheated on Penelope numerous times but has still said that he loves and cares for Penelope the most.
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