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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


emphasize Penelope's continuing faithfulness to Ulysses.


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


characterize the violence and viciousness of the suitors.


emphasize how Penelope's situation is becoming more dire.


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

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