The Iliad and The Odyssey are easily the most famous epics known to the modern world. With the introduction to Greek mythology comes a crash course of Homer’s stories that have stood the test of time and captured the imagination of so many. Both children’ and adult books alike have rewritten the episode of The Iliad and Odyssey in a different character’s point of view.
Homer primarily focuses on male protagonists, like many authors of mythology (Read my article on Hindu Mythology). His female characters are cast in the shadows. Even Helen, the woman who made him famous, is shown in a passive light. However, Homer does show growth in his writing over the course of both books and begins to spotlight the strength of women in his second book, redeeming his voice by giving one to women.