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that they should dine first and discuss their business for visiting later. The next morning, Telemachus tells Menelaus of the rowdy suitors that overrun his house and plague his mother in his father¶s absence. ³Weak as the doe that beds down her fawns in a mighty lion¶s den-her newborn sucklings-then trails off to the mountain spurs and grassy bends to graze her fill, but back the lion comes to his own lair and the master deals both fawns a ghastly bloody death, just what Odysseus will deal that mob-ghastly death´(4.374-379). Vehicle Lion Fawns Doe Lair : : : : : Tenor Odysseus Suitors Odysseus¶s absence Odysseus¶s palace
Menelaus bursts ³out in anger´(4.371) when he hears that Odysseus¶s house is plagued by suitors. Menelaus calls the suitors ³fawns´ that the doe ³beds down´ ³in a mighty lion¶s den.´ When the doe leaves the den ³to graze her fill,´ the lion returns and ³deals both fawns a ghastly bloody death.´ Odysseus¶s absence is the doe that allows the suitors to court Penelope and waste away all his fortunes. When he returns, however, Menelaus says that Odysseus will kill them in his own palace. Eurycleia tells Penelope that Telemachus has sailed away to discover Odysseus¶s whereabouts, whether live or dead ³Her mind in torment, wheeling like some lion at bay,
Print. Robert.´ unable to protect her cub. Telemachus. Vehicle Lion Cub Hunters : : : : Tenor Penelope Telemachus Suitors When Eurycleia tells her of the suitors¶ plans and Telemachus¶s departure.´ This depiction of Odysseus as a fierce and bloodthirsty. Penelope begins to fear that the suitors will kill her son Telemachus.´ The lion¶s tenor changes from Odyssesus to Penelope in the two similes. . Telemachus and Penelope seem unable to defend their household from the suitors without Odysseus.) Homer.Gonzalez 2 dreading gangs of hunters closing their cunning ring around him for the finish´(4. Penelope. are portrayed as weak fawns in the first simile. from approaching ³gangs of hunters. These suitors too.888890). Penelope as a lion is unable to defend her cub from ³gangs ot hunters. and Penelope as helpless and unable to protect her son correlates with how Odysseus¶s family is structured. Translated by Fagles. Acknowledgements: None Works Cited: 1. believes the suitors are much more powerful that Menelaus thinks they are. whereas in the second. and imagines herself as a ³lion at bay. Penguin Books. The Odyssey. Menelaus portrays Odysseus as a fierce lion that kills the doe¶s defenseless fawns. New York. from her thoughts. Odysseus I portrayed throughout the rest of the book as a strong and cunning warrior. and as predators in the second. In the first simile.