Telemachus in The Odyssey

1340 Words Jun 16th, 2018 6 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 since the first four books are dedicated to him. It is the story of Telemachus’ coming-of-age as he matures into a more capable young man. However, it is debatable if he will ever become the man that Odysseus is. When …show more content…
That is, of course, with a little help from Athena. For the first time since Odysseus had left for Troy, an assembly is called by Telemachus. This is an example of him attempting to live up to his father’s name. Although the assembly is ultimately unsuccessful, for the first time he confidently speaks out against the suitors. Telemachus puts shame on the suitors for attacking his defenseless home without his great father being there. “They squander everything. / 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. He really admires his father and believes that only Odysseus can save them now. 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
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