Sphinx (by Barbara Kaufman) is a dangerous woman. She
is seductive, powerful and vulnerable. We note a fusion of roles:
she is a voluptuous female, a seductress. She is a cat, a lioness,
or a fighter, and a bird, an eagle, she can fly away.
male gods like Zeus dominate the family. The Homeric Epics celebrate
the vows of marriage as Helen consenting to marry Menelaus.
Helen, the Sphinx, is a woman of fight and flight.
roles she manifested herself as both Iokasta, the mother of
Oedipus and as Helen, the fairest of them all. Helen broke her
marital vows and was punished by the betrayed suitors who had
confronted Helen to choose one among them. She had chosen Menelaous,
but she broke her marital vows as she flew the coop with Paris
to Troy.The suitors retaliated, they started the Trojan war
to teach a lesson to the matriarchal woman. They established
respect for the marital institution.
presents the Homeric Epics' impact in transforming the angry
woman into a loving yet hostile partner.