Well, I don't like Ulysses, or Odysseus, or whatever name he wants to call himself. He is like a cartoon character, always trying to speak louder than anyone else so he can be given all the attention he thinks he deserves. He goes out to the world and look for unaware monsters that are minding their own business, and enters their houses and pulls out the monster's hairs from their noses, and after that he shouts at the monster and laughs at them and then he wants to get out of there unscratched. But who the heck does Odysseus think he is? He thinks he has the right to travel the world, make love to every living creature he finds, kill every creature that he doesn't like, and then go back to his house where his wife must wait for him for whatever number of years, keeping all her suitors at arm’s length while at the same time running the house, raising their child and keeping the family fortune growing. That book is so machos! all the values are so wrong! Ulysses is worthy just because he kills all those monsters that he doesn't like, and those that he doesn't kill, he leaves crippled or blind... it is so disgusting! He is worthy because everything that comes out of his mouth is a blatant lie, and people believe him. He is so much a man because he can convince people of things, because he can erode their confidence, because he can disguise himself as a beggar, or a woman, or whatever. Penelope is worthy because she keeps her chastity and because she is the only one that can make Ulysses lose his temper. How silly! I liked the poem, and the world it transports you to, but I totally disliked the message and the values depicted there. No wonder why those are not ruling the world any more (if they ever did, which I doubt)...Continua
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