Melantho

Melantho is one of Odysseus's female servants in Ithaka. While Odysseus was gone, busy with his adventures during the time of the Trojan War and in the subsequent years, Melantho was not faithful. When Odysseus is disguised as a poor mendicant, Melantho takes the opportunity to, "[speak] to him most impudently" (346). Essentially, Melantho dehumanizes Odysseus as she says, "The wine you drank has clogged your brain, or are you always this way, boasting like a fool?" (346). However, this rudeness does not give Odysseus the excuse to betray his disguise and disregard the need for restraint. Odysseus acts impulsively after Melantho's insolent remarks and risks the uncovering of his identity.
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