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The Odyssey

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Response to Telemachus

ODYSSY-JCENRE

Telemachus finally speaks out against the suitors when he calls an assembly in Book II. In response, the suitors blame their behavior on his mother.

What is unusual about Penelope being the central topic of conversation?

A

The suitors only care about the wealth of the estate and bring up Penelope only as a diversion.

B

The assembly is for males only, but the focus of the conversation is Penelope and the power she has in her unique position as a yet-to-be-confirmed widow.

C

Telemachus is Ulysses' only son; therefore, he should not have to worry about the behavior or choices of his mother because control of the estate falls to him.

D

The suitors have the right to pursue Penelope and they have no reason to explain their behavior to Telemachus.

E

Penelope is not aware of the power she wields and would be unsettled by being the topic of their conversation.