The Odyssey

Do you think Odysseus revenge on the suitors and maids is excessive or too brutal and why?

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This is the way life was during the period. Ancient Greeks related to Odysseus and enjoyed the adventures. This would not have been considered either excessive or brutal...... I would consider it excessive, but we've come a long way..... I hope.

In my opinion, it was not excessive at all. The maids turned against the queen in his absence, how could he ever trust them again? If he let them go they would surely spread the news of the suitor's deaths, which is much too risky. As for the suitors...they were selfish, rude, and greedy. The God's had apparently marked them for death anyway so it was their time.