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The Odyssey Essay. Body Paragraph 1. Thesis Statement:. In Homer’s The Odyssey , Penelope portrays a strong woman. . Step 1: Topic Sentence. Undoubtedly, Penelope is a portrayed as strong woman in The Odyssey because she is clever. . Set-up/Concrete Details.

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the odyssey essay

The Odyssey Essay

Body Paragraph 1

thesis statement
Thesis Statement:

In Homer’s The Odyssey, Penelope portrays a strong woman.

step 1 topic sentence
Step 1: Topic Sentence

Undoubtedly, Penelope is a portrayed as strong woman in The Odyssey because she is clever.

set up concrete details
Set-up/Concrete Details
  • First, Penelope shows cleverness with the suitors. Penelope tells the suitors that she will choose a husband after she finishes weaving a shroud for her father-in-law, Laertes. One of the suitors, acknowledging her cleverness states, “she’d weave at her great and growing web—by night, by the light/…/she would unravel all she’d done” (Homer, 2.116, 118).
step 4 commentary
Step 4: Commentary
  • This shows that her clever wits are putting the suitors at bay until they discover her plan.
  • This also shows that Penelope is a strong woman because she is not only tricking the suitors for numerous years, but she is doing so to put off marrying someone in hopes that Odysseus will return.
  • Commentary #1: Explains the topic sentence.
  • Commentary #2: Explains how the quote relates to the thesis.
keep going
Keep going…
  • Continue on with a second CD and 2 CMs
  • Keep going with a third CD and 2 CMs
closing sentence
Closing Sentence
  • Despite Penelope’s troubles, she is able to use cleverness in many situations.
final paragraph
Final Paragraph

Undoubtedly, Penelope portrays a strong woman in The Odyssey because she is clever. First, Penelope shows cleverness with the suitors. Penelope tells the suitors that she will choose a husband after she finishes weaving a shroud for her father-in-law, Laertes. One of the suitors, acknowledging her cleverness states, “she’d weave at her great and growing web—by night, by the light/…/she would unravel all she’d done” (Homer, 2.116, 118). This shows that her clever wits are putting the suitors at bay until they discover her plan. This also shows that Penelope is a strong woman because she is not only tricking the suitors for numerous years, but she is doing so to put off marrying someone in hopes that Odysseus will return. Second, Penelope shows her cleverness when shestates to the suitors that she will marry whoever is able to string Odysseus’s bow and shoot an arrow through twelve axes. Telling the suitors about the competition, Penelope states, “The hand that can string the bow with greatest ease,/ that shoots an arrow clean through all twelve axes-/ he’s the man I follow, yes…” (19.464-7). This is important because Penelope is clever enough to know that the likelihood of anyone accomplishing this task is very low. This is also important because Penelope is showing her strength by accepting the fact that Odysseus may never return home and she needs to choose a husband soon. Lastly, Penelope shows that she is clever by challenging Odysseus to move her bed. Penelope is telling Odysseus that he must sleep outside her room and says to the nurse, “Eurycleia, move the sturdy bedstead out of the bridal chamber- / that room the master built with his own hands” (23.323-4). By stating this, Penelope is being clever because she knows that only a few are aware that the bed cannot be moved. Penelope is showing her strength by making sure this is indeed Odysseus. Despite Penelope’s troubles, she is able to use cleverness in many situations throughout the book.

the odyssey essay1

The Odyssey Essay

Body Paragraph 2

thesis statement1
Thesis Statement:

In Homer’s The Odyssey, Penelope portrays a strong woman.

Body Paragraph 2

topic sentence
Topic Sentence

Topic Sentence Example:

In addition to

Penelope being clever, she isalso devoted.

  • Begin your next paragraph with a transitional phrase.
  • Connect paragraph 1 to paragraph 2.