Some women in myth do achieve all heroic status, and are represented as being on par with men
Assured brother's proper burial
Killed her husband Agamemnon
Killed by daughter Electra as revenge
Most other "good" women in myth are good and loyal wives.
Odysseus' wife, stayed loyal despite questionable return
Did not give in to abundance of suitors.
Husband king to Apollo, became evident he was going to die
Got god(s) of Death drunk; convinced of a trade-off
Wife agreed to take his place
Hercules saves her, convinces Death (forcefully) to let her go
Alcestis operates within family circle --> restricted to role of wife/mother
Amazons: not done what expected
Conquered lands independently, killed men after sex
Represent "women gone wrong", problems with matriarchy
Amazons show that women who withdraw from family life are bizarre, dangerous, etc.
Passive role assigned to women in myth
Things always done to them rather than doing things
Often a temptation, rape victim, prize, desire, etc.