The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus (Myths)

The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus (Myths)

Margaret Atwood

Language: English

Pages: 83

ISBN: B01K03ZO4I

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus (Myths)

Margaret Atwood

Language: English

Pages: 83

ISBN: B01K03ZO4I

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


"Homer’s Odyssey is not the only version of the story. Mythic material was originally oral, and also local -- a myth would be told one way in one place and quite differently in another. I have drawn on material other than the Odyssey, especially for the details of Penelope’s parentage, her early life and marriage, and the scandalous rumors circulating about her. I’ve chosen to give the telling of the story to Penelope and to the twelve hanged maids. The maids form a chanting and singing Chorus, which focuses on two questions that must pose themselves after any close reading of the Odyssey: What led to the hanging of the maids, and what was Penelope really up to? The story as told in the Odyssey doesn’t hold water: there are too many inconsistencies. I’ve always been haunted by the hanged maids and, in The Penelopiad, so is Penelope herself." -- from Margaret Atwood’s Foreword to The Penelopiad

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renowned Theseus and his pal Peirithous had abducted my cousin Helen when she was less than twelve years old and hidden her away, with the intent of casting lots to see which one of them would marry her when she was old enough. Theseus didn’t rape her as he might otherwise have done because she was only a child, or so it was said. She was rescued by her two brothers, but not before they’d waged a successful war against Athens to get her back. This last was a story I already knew, as I’d heard it

phase to phase. Only sometimes did I think of it as the silver boat of Artemis. Spring, summer, fall, and winter followed one another in their appointed rounds. Quite often the wind blew. Telemachus grew from year to year, eating a lot of meat, indulged by all. We had news of how the war with Troy was going: sometimes well, sometimes badly. Minstrels sang songs about the notable heroes – Achilles, Ajax, Agamemnon, Menelaus, Hector, Aeneas, and the rest. I didn’t care about them: I waited only

There was an increasing amount of curiosity about me, as there was bound to be about the wife – or was it the widow? – of such a famous man; foreign ships came to call with more frequency, bringing new rumours. They brought, also, the occasional feeler: if Odysseus were proved to have died, the gods forfend, might I perhaps be open to other offers? Me and my treasures. I ignored these hints, since news of my husband – dubious news, but news – continued to arrive. Odysseus had been to the Land of

The Suitors Stuff Their Faces xv The Shroud xvi Bad Dreams xvii The Chorus Line: Dreamboats, A Ballad xviii News of Helen xix Yelp of Joy xx Slanderous Gossip xxi The Chorus Line: The Perils of Penelope, A Drama xxii Helen Takes a Bath xxiii Odysseus and Telemachus Snuff the Maids xxiv The Chorus Line: An Anthropology Lecture xxv Heart of Flint xxvi The Chorus Line: The Trial of Odysseus, as Videotaped by the Maids xxvii Home Life

So how dependable was their word? Could a reasonable man expect that they would ever pay a single ox of what they had promised? And let us consider the odds. A hundred and twenty, give or take a dozen, to one, or – stretching a point – to four, because Odysseus did have accomplices, as my colleague has termed them; that is, he had one barely grown relative and two servants untrained in warfare – what was to prevent these young men from pretending to enter into a settlement with Odysseus, then

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