Throughout the final section of “Cassandra”, I underlined many different ways in which the characters were likened to animals. There were two distinct types of animals present: ones that were meek and ones that were aggressive. The first kind was what Cassandra says of herself during her talk with Hector: “That I felt like an injured animal in a trap, seeing no way out” (Wolf 111). Cassandra sees how she is trapped by her society by sexism because she is a woman, and also because she is a seeress whom no one believes. She is forced to be passive like an injured animal, even though her thoughts show that she wants to fight against the rules put in place. The second type of animal, the aggressive one, is seen by Cassandra's description of Panthous: “Which animal did he resemble now? A threatened polecat. Drawing his lips back from his teeth in fear, in seeming disgust, and baring his eyeteeth. Attacking because he is afraid” (Wolf 114). Polecats (aka ferrets) are clever and mischievous creatures, but they attack when cornered out of fear. This makes Panthous appear aggressive even though the reality is that he is afraid. In a way, Panthous is like the caged animal because he is caged by his fear until madness eventually finds him.

During Penthesilea's battle with Achilles, Wolf is implying showing that the battle represents a womens struggle with breaking out of social barriers and mens contribution to it. During this passage, Achilles was forced to take Penthesilea seriously because women would never battle. "A woman-- greeting him with a sword! The fact that she forced him to take her seriously was her last triumph." (Wolf 120) When Penthesilea loses the battle it represents that men are not compliant and serious with womens struggle for equality.

During the second section of “Cassandra”, I focused simply on the contrasts of weakness and strength and how there is a clear distinction between both gender's viewpoints on what is to be called 'weak' and what is 'strong'. Most of these came from interpretations of what showing emotions is. Hecuba reprimands Cassandra for crying in which Cassandra explains why he does so: “tears clouded one's reasoning powers. If our opponent gave in to his feelings- if he laughed!- so much the worse for him” (Wolf 37). Hecuba views crying as a weakness, but Cassandra does not fully agree with him. She does recognize that controlling one's emotions in some situations is good, but also realizes that crying is not a sign of weakness. Later in the chapter Cassandra observes how Agamemnon cries, and she mentions that his crying is weak because it is not from grief but “from fear and weakness” (Wolf 53). Agamemnon's weakness, in Cassandra's eyes, came from his inability to stand up against Calchas and others who wanted his daughter to be sacrificed in order to save his daughter's life.

When Cassandra is presented to Clytmnestra she sees her as a friend and Cassandra understands that she doesn't hate her and that she only hates her husband. "She indicated to me with a shrug of her shoulders that what was happening had nothing to do with me personally. In other times nothing would have prevented us from calling each other sister." (Wolf 41). The only reason that Cassandra knows that they could have been friends is because of her gift. Once again though she can't tell anyone of this and thus can't help her situation at all.

In the section from page 71 to 103, I took note of how trees were used, specifically willows. Willows usually represent silence and serenity, but this does not apply in the text and they would better be seen as a symbol of sadness (thus the term weeping willows) and also fear. The basket which Cassandra has been put into is woven out of willow wands. “I lay on the willows howling with rage” (Wolf 77). Trapped by the willow, Cassandra expresses her feelings in fear and turns her sadness into anger. Earlier in the book, crying is mentioned as 'weak', and I thought it was interesting that willows were used to make the basket because Cassandra refuses to cry because she does not want to succumb to what her society says about showing emotions is weakness.

On page 40-41, I found it interesting when King Priam,shows his sensitive side when he's suppose to be strong,with no emotions. With him exposing that side, he goes against the patriarchy,which is all that everyone is suppose to be. This also shows how everything is backwards because Cassandra and Hecuba are the matriarch and have more "male" qualities.

Earlier in Cassandra a line stood out to me "Why are we carried away by the very wishes that are grounded in error "(37). It was kind of an epiphany for Cassandra, she obviously being the one who sees before anyone else,but coming to that realization that her people continue to except being guided and misled from disfunction,which we later see more in the book.

Comments about pages 37-71:
“Whereupon he stumbled up the red carpet like an ox to the slaughterhouse.” (Wolf, 41-42).  Obviously Agamemnon and his wife aren’t the best couple.  The queen has an obvious lover and Agamemnon is in no way interested in her and he has no brain what-so- ever.  
Paris means bag or pouch in the book.  This is something that carries something.  Cassandra carries knowledge, just like Paris was carried to the King and Queen.  There could possibly be a correlation between Paris’ life and Cassandra’s gift.  The ships and the women also carry things.  The ships carry objects, and the women carry children.  None of these carryings are respected by males.  
There are family issues.  Cassandra thought Aisenkos was her full brother when in reality he was her half brother who also had the gift to prophesize.  Cassandra feels very emotional when she learns this information.  1, she now understands why Aisenkos liked her so much and 2, she wishes he were still alive because he was the only one who got her.  After multiple losses she also learns to not show emotion, so therefore she can thank her brother for yet again, something else. 

The first thing that caught my eye in the text Cassandra was the second sentence: "This fortress once impregnable, now a pile of stones- was the last thing she saw," (Wolf 3). I thought this was intriguing because it seems as if the narrator, whom we do not know, has survived something terrible but still feels defeated. This is an interesting concept, because in most stories of survival "the last one standing" is seen as victorious, whereas in this quote, it seems like a burden. This connects the narrator to the castle,  just as destroyed,crushed, and crumbled.

Throughout Cassandra, the reader can directly hear/read some of the thought process that she goes through, especially when she's conversing with herself: "I just thought 'used to look out,' but it should be 'still look out'"(72). There's a few things the sentence can be viewed as. She could be saying "should" in a foretelling sense, that it is incredibly likely to happen, or it's "should" as in she should be able to look out, but can't. Wolf does this often as well, where Cassandra corrects herself. It didn't need to be added, but it is, and maybe Wolf adds that inner dialogue to reflect something that maybe other Greek/Trojan heroes didn't show: thinking. While it's obvious that the heroes in the Greek stories do think (most of them), it's not nearly in depth when it's suddenly in the view of a woman, and maybe Wolf's trying to touch base on something that wasn't delved into with their male counterparts. 
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