Notes On The Book ' One : A Hero 's Son Awakens '

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Notes on the Telemakhy
Book One: A Goddess Intervenes
Arête- Athena demonstrates strong arête by attempting to get Zeus to rescue Odysseus, who had been away from home for many years. “If it now please the blissful gods/ that wise Odysseus reach his home again/…and let the steadfast man depart for home” (Lines 107-111) Characters-Athena shows effective persuasion and activeness (as opposed to passiveness) through her suggestion to Odysseus’ son to discover what happened to his father (Lines 320-337) Book Two: A Hero’s Son Awakens
Arête: Telemakhos demonstrates great arête through his defense of his mother’s unwillingness to marry and his determination to discover the truth of his father throughout the book, going so far as to commit himself to a journey around the Mediterranean. This is countered by the disrespectful rebuttals by different townspeople such as Antinoos as well as by the suitors staying with Odysseus’ wife as they await her to decide on who she will marry. Greek Culture: Family Dynamics/Social Structure
The criticisms on Odysseus’ wife reveal that relationships are decided by the father of the woman in question, without their say. It also reveals that relationships are very important to keep peaceful relations. Telemakhos’ speech also shows that gods are essential for everyday life and provide the means by which all events, good or bad, occur. Book Three: The Lord of the Western Approaches
Arête: The city demonstrates arête through its hospitality

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