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    Telemachus in The Odyssey

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    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

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    The Odyssey has been and will, most likely, continue to be one of the most prevalent examples of a deep character conflict. In the case of the Odyssey, Homer is able to illustrate a vivid picture of two characters who are shown to go head to head with each other on several occasions due to not only their vastly different ideals, but also because of their contrasting strengths and weaknesses. The first of these characters is Prince Telemachus, son of Odysseus, and a protagonist of the story. Throughout

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    Telemachus’ Odyssey

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    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

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    boy become a man? This rite of passage is explored in Robert Fagles ' translation of Homer 's epic poem, The Odyssey. Odysseus (king of Ithaca) fought in the Trojan War for ten years and after the fall of Troy he spent the next ten years trying to get home. He left behind an infant son, Telemachus, and a devoted wife, Penelope. Although they longed for Odysseus ' return, Penelope and Telemachus were the perfect hosts to wayward strangers - even as their estate became overrun with arrogant suitors -

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    In Homer's, The Odyssey, Telemachus is called to action when the suitors of his mother push him to his breaking point, forcing Telemachus out of his ordinary world. “You must leave my palace! [...] destroying one man’s goods and going scot-free, all right then, carve away! But I’ll cry out to the everlasting gods in hopes that Zeus will pay you back with a vengeance—all of you destroyed in my house while I go scot-free myself!” (1.430-7). Telemachus, once a demure child, springs into action after

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    The Odyssey proves to be a metaphor for a man’s life through comparing the different characters present in the novel; Telemachus - the young - Odysseus - the middle-aged - and Laertes - the old. Telemachus, to begin with, is weak, left on his own by Odysseus’s unknown fate. “He would have left a great name for his son to inherit. But there was no famous end for him. He has left nothing but sorrow and tears” (31). Because of his father’s hazy outcome, Telemachus’s mother has been left in social

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    In Homer’s The Odyssey, Athena’s role in Book 1 is to assure Telemachus that he is worthy of being the son of the great Odysseus, despite Telemachus’ doubt. Soon after Pallas Athena, disguised as Mentes, arrived at the royal palace of Ithaca, Telemachus described to Athena that, “Mother has always told me I’m his son, it’s true, but I am not so certain” (Homer 84). As suitors were ravaging the royal palace, Telemachus was in misery due to the lack of his father’s presence and ability to force the

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    Telemachus was the son of Odysseus, mighty king of Ithaca and hero of Athena. Telemachus was a mere infant when Odysseus set sail for Troy where he helped to conquer the Trojans and retrieve Menelaus’ wife Helen. Despite emerging victorious from the Trojan war, Odysseus hadn't succeeded in returning home to Ithaca, and so twenty-one years after his departure for Troy, his family and kingdom believed him to be dead. Telemachus had lived his entire life without his father and as the Odyssey begins

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    Homer’s The Odyssey tells the story of young Telemachus with the task of finding his father, Odysseus while also finding himself. As the hero of this journey, Telemachus develops into a noble, brave, and strong man, through complications inflicted by others’ mental endurance. By overcoming these obstacles Telemachus develops into the universally known stereotypical hero. However, the same cannot be said for the heroes of William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying and Lewis Carol’s Alice in Wonderland. At

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    Throughout Homer’s The Odyssey, it is suggested within books one through four that Telemachus is, in a way, coming of age and growing into a stronger, more independent young man similar to his father, Odysseus. When Telemachus is first introduced as Athena arrives at his palace, his first impression is given as a whining, self-pitying child wallowing in the shadow of his lost father. As he sees Athena, disguised as Mentor entering the palace, in his first thoughts immediately circle back to his

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