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Title: Animal Similes and Gender in the Odyssey and Oresteia
Authors: Braff, Johanna Leah
Advisors: Doherty, Lillian
Department/Program: Classics
Type: Thesis
Sponsors: Digital Repository at the University of Maryland
University of Maryland (College Park, Md.)
Subjects: Language, Ancient
Gender Studies
Language, Ancient
Keywords: Odyssey
Oresteia
Gender
Women
Similes
Animals
Issue Date: 19-May-2008
Abstract: This thesis offers an overview of a selection of the animal similes within the Odyssey and the Agamemnon. I examine the ways in which the animal similes, reverse similes, and overall character portrayal are depicted within each work. I argue that these tools are used in order to reflect the genres of the two works and how neither completely adheres to the expectations of the gender roles, that is, what is expected of the male and female characters. The gender roles are more stable in the Odyssey as Penelope relies on her homophrosune with Odysseus, while the Agamemnon captures the chaos that occurs when the female does not remain within the female sphere.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1903/8211
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