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The Odyssey

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Penelope's Troubles

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There is a simile in the following lines:

But Penelope lay in her own room upstairs unable to eat or drink, and wondering whether her brave son would escape, or be overpowered by the wicked suitors. Like a lioness caught in the toils with huntsmen hemming her in on every side she thought and thought till she sank into a slumber, and lay on her bed bereft of thought and motion.

The main purpose of this simile is to

A

emphasize Penelope's continuing faithfulness to Ulysses.

B

characterize Penelope's fear and anxiety over what is to happen.

C

characterize the violence and viciousness of the suitors.

D

emphasize how Penelope's situation is becoming more dire.

E

characterize Penelope as a resourceful and intelligent woman, perfectly suited to her husband.