In Homer’s Iliad, the epic simile is used to great effect. In Book VI, Homer compares Hera’s rage at Zeus to a lioness who rages after her mate has been killed by hunters: she roams around and roars while her cubs look on in terror. He then describes Penelope as being like Hera—a queen who sits weaving in sorrow for twenty years after the death of her lord Odysseus.

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Homer uses this metaphor to show how long it takes for Penelope to heal from losing him and start living again. It’s interesting to note that the simile is not used for its literal meaning but as a metaphor. The queen of Troy was never, in fact, an animal roaming around and roaring like a lioness—instead she sat at home with her sorrow while weaving until Odysseus returned from his twenty-year long journey. The use of this epic simile proved to be very effective because it allowed Homer to compare Hera’s rage against Zeus’ actions after Tyndareus had lost one son when he killed Agamemnon. Penelope also goes through many difficult trials before finally reuniting with Odysseus which provides some hope for readers who are waiting on their own journeys back home. I

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