The suitors in the Odyssey are men who wish to marry Penelope, who has lost her husband. They never succeed. Finally, Odysseus kills them for failing to appreciate and harass Penelope after they squandered his money.
For the past twenty years, Odysseus has been absent from his palace. Penelope, on the other hand, does not give up hope of someday seeing her long-absent spouse again.
It’s almost as if she’s the only one who believes he’ll return. Others regard her as a “widow” and believe she is available for marriage, which spurs hundreds of suitors to ask for her hand. She rejects them all without hesitation.
Only a few of the suitors are named. Amphinomus is one example, and Antinous is another. Overall, the Odyssey’s suitors aren’t exactly nice people. They’re depicted as boorish, pig-headed men by Homer.
Their presence is not appealing; rather, it is intimidating and Penelope and Telemachus must unite against them. The suitors serve no purpose in the palace because they have no real function to perform.
The suitors are rampaging throughout the palace, eating the provisions and slaughtering the livestock while terrorizing Penelope. Penelope is unable to chase them away from her home; this would be in bad form. Instead, she devises “hints” or deceptions to buy herself more time. She tells them they may wait until she’s finished weaving Odysseus’ father’s burial garment first.
Nonetheless, her deception is exposed after three years. As a consequence, she creates an archery tournament. She agrees to marry the winner of the contest, who may string Odysseus’ bow through 12 axes.
The suitors were unable to do so and it was finally Odysseus who accomplished it. He dressed as a beggar in order to maintain his low profile. Finally, she recognizes him, and they return home together happily.
The Odyssey is a Greek epic poem about Odysseus’ attempts to return home after his disastrous journey. It covers Odysseus’ difficulties in returning home, including monsters, a journey to the underworld, cannibals, drugs, beautiful women who enchant you, and Poseidon’s hatred of one of the Greek gods.
After returning to Ithaca, Odysseus learned that his problems were not over. He discovered there that 108 young men had assaulted his home, the suitors. Their goal was for Penelope, Odysseus’ wife, to marry one of them. The suitors are depicted as loud and filthy in this depiction.
The suitors’ squabble was ended by a bow contest, which resulted in Odysseus and his son Telemachus murdering the suitors. Thanks to Athena, goddess of wisdom, victory, and warfare, Ithaca was again at peace.
The legend of Odysseus is a powerful reminder of the vitality of family and national love; because of his great devotion for his family and wish to return home, Odysseus overcame dread and hatred, overcoming all odds in the end.