The graphic description of the Suitors’ violent deaths reflects the acceptance by Homer’s readers that this revenge is deserved and fitting. Odysseus will accept nothing less than the total annihilation of the Suitors; he will never forgive nor give dispensation to anyone who acted wrongly towards his family and home. The Suitors were killed when feasting, which is fitting because they violated the symbol of social conventions (the feast).
Torture of the disloyal goatherd Melanthius shows that he got his just reward for helping the Suitors.
“And now their own transgressions have brought them to this ignominious end” (Odysseus to Eurycleia, Book 22).