Telemachus’ Odyssey

1218 WordsJul 11, 20185 Pages
Through modern culture, most people are familiar with the whole storyline of The Odyssey. Odysseus leaves Troy and embarks on an epic journey filled with adventure and fantasy. However, most readers are unaware that there are actually two journeys that are unfolding simultaneously throughout Homer’s epic. Telemachus’ journey greatly differs from that of his father, Odysseus. While it might not be filled with as much adrenaline and adventure as his father‘s journey, Telemachus’ quest is certainly one that should be noted. It is the story of his coming-of-age. Telemachus greatly matures into a more capable young man. However it is debatable if he will every become the man that his father is. When the reader first encounters Telemachus…show more content…
/ We have no strong Odysseus to defend us / and as to putting up a fight ourselves / we‘d only show our incompetence in arms. / Expel them, yes, if I only had the power.” (2. 62-66). At this point, he still only wishes he had the confidence and power to expel the suitors. The journey Telemachus takes to Nestor and Menelaus greatly influences him in Books Three and Four. When he speaks to them, a sense of greater maturity and confidence can be seen within him. For example when Menelaus offers him gifts to take back to Ithaca, Telemachus responds, “ As for your gift, now, let it be some keepsake / Horses I cannot take to Ithaka / let me bestow them back on you, to serve / your glory here.” (4. 641- 644). This really impresses Menelaus and he compliments Telemachus of his excellent manners and how well-spoken that was. Both men reveal crucial information that they pass along to him. From Nestor, Telemachus learns about the events that occurred after the Trojan war. He is heartbroken to hear that everyone has made it home besides his father. Once again, the story of Agamemnon’s horrifying nostos is brought up to warn Telemachus of what could come to pass if he does not act soon enough. Orestes had to “man up” to avenge his father. Telemachus needs to use him as a role model and learn how to defend himself and his mother. His presence from Ithaca must can only go unchecked for so long until the suitors seize control what is left of his father’s palace. When he
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