Telemachus: the True Hero of the Odyssey

2185 Words Oct 13th, 2008 9 Pages
In The Odyssey, the reader is easily able to distinguish that Odysseus is a hero in the story. He is a god-like figure. Odysseus’s wife, Penelope, is a hero and seen by many readers as such especially females. Both possess characteristics of heroes and they deserve to be considered such but that does not mean that they are the true hero of the story. Their son Telemachus is the true hero in The Odyssey. The reader should be able to identify with him the most and realize everything that has happened in his life and he deals with it with extreme heroism. He handles the situation in his life the way every human being should. Majority of my classmates will argue that either Odysseus or Penelope is the true hero of the story. Most of the men …show more content…
Penelope was able to keep Odysseus’s land from the suitors through deceitful acts. Was she making the shroud for herself instead of for Laertes? “It was a shawl she made, something warm a man might wrap around her shoulders windy nights one of the suitors perhaps.” (Pastan 264) Penelope lived in a time where women could not rule as a king. Ithaca needed a king and for twenty years they were without a king because of Penelope selfish choices. The right thing for Penelope to do was to marry one of the suitors because one of the suitors would have become king and would have been able to rule Ithaca with all of the authority and power of a king. This was a sacrifice that Penelope was unwilling to make because she liked the power to much. She did not remarry because she wanted to rule Ithaca. Penelope did not want Odysseus to return because then she would be the ruler and nobody would be able to tell her what to do. When Odysseus returns home from his long journey she does not even seem happy to see him. Odysseus says to Penelope “Things back where habit said they belonged: your own husband lying in your bed …Yet you had to leave it.”(Howard 262) Instead of being over joyous that her husband has finally retuned home and showing him how much she loves him, she decides it is best if she leave his side the first night he is home while he is sleeping. Penelope