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Penelope's Recognition of Odysseus as a Beggar

Summary: In Homer's epic The Odyssey, Odysseus returns to the island of Ithaka disguised as a beggar and does not reveal his true identity to his wife Penelope. However, it is obvious that Penelope recognized Odysseus to at least some extent from the beginning, choosing not to reveal Odysseus' true identity to protect him as well as herself.
In Homer's epic The Odyssey, Odysseus returns to the island of Ithaka disguised as a beggar. He reveals his real identity to his son, Telemakhos, as well as a few others who he would need to help kill the suitors. However, Odysseus does not reveal himself to his wife, Penelope. She recognizes the beggar as her long lost husband and chooses not to unveil his true identity. Penelope does this because she realized that her husband would be in danger, in his current surroundings, if she was to reveal who he really was. Therefore she acts as if she does not know the beggar is Odysseus. However, it is portrayed subtly in the book that she does indeed know that the beggar is her husband.

The very first piece of evidence Homer provides that Odysseus would be recognized by his family, is when...

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