While there are not many female characters in the Odyssey, ..
Describe the main female characters in The Odyssey
3. When presentations are over ask students to individually respond to the presentations- who they believe is the strongest/weakest female character in the Odyssey and why. (Students write response on handout below chart). (3 minutes)
SparkNotes: The Odyssey: Character List
Many people regard Homer's epics as war storiesstories about men; those people often overlook the important roles that women play in the Odyssey. While there are not many female characters in the Odyssey, the few that there are, play pivotal roles in the story and one can gain a lot of insight by analyzing how those women are portrayed. Homer portrays the females in contradictory ways: the characters of Athena and Eurykleia are given strong, admirable roles while Melantho, the Sirens and Circe are depicted in a much more negative way. Penelopethe central female characteris given both negative and positive attributes.