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The Penelopiad Notes  The story starts with a wife narrating that her husband had cheated on her and how she had believed him all these years without questioning him and now finally everything came forward  She speaks that even she was tempted yet she never was unfaithful  Now people are questioning and insulting her and she has answers that no one would believe so she can fabricate a story of her own which everyone is going to believe  The mention of death in the first page, shows the idea that we learn of everything once we leave the world  The narrator goes in this transition of being from the faithful wife to a deceiver  The speaker had a bad childhood experience and had to learn all the virtues at a young age  The speaker gives many religious symbols and references, believe that the world created by God is not pleasant for the humans  The mention of suffering and the mention what type of parents one have  The speaker says that no one can hear her misery-idea of being alone or too much individualism  The speaker refers herself to her cousin and believe that she should be punished because men lusted after her  Poem in pg 5-6  The Forbidden Apple theme in the book  In the battle of fire and mud, the fire won  The speaker believe that the Gods are childish  Beauty over intelligence in marriage  The speaker believe that she is more kinder than her cousin because she doesn’t want man to go after her  The maids could do anything, and anyone could have sex with them, they were not bound by any society rules  Mention of Gluttony on pg 40- the seven deadly sins  The speech about water in pg 43- the idea that water is associated with marriage is ironic  Marriage is mentioned in terms of rape, and that men who make their wife scream with pain and when there is blood, that’s when the men have conquered  Both the main character have been stolen of their childhood-both Penelope and Odysseus  The Gods, and the Kings-chain of hierarchy  For women to appreciate something is an underrated talent  The child once the King wanted to throw, he wanted that same child after she was married and was to leave home with her husband  Poem in pgs 51-53 1  The speaker describes as having faith in her husband  The speaker keeps saying that she was only fifteen which creates the idea that she is convincing the reader not to hate her because she was innocent at that time or she could be convincing the reader that she had fooled everyone because she of her age, and how she was naive  The mother in law doesn’t approve of Penelope as she feels that she is too young  The former nurse of Odysseus gave Penelope a lot of trouble as she wouldn’t let her do anything for her husband  Even while Penelope son was born she was behaving as if her son was born, as if she has given birth to him  We see the nurse as having this dominant and possessive nature for infants  Odysseus was happy that he had a son because Helen had no children yet, and that confuses Penelope because she wonder why he thinks about Helen all the time  Pg 65- a poem  Penelope is although in charge, no one let her do anything in the house as they feel she is too young  Helen runs away with Paris-the prince of Troy
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