Penelope And Telemachus In The Odyssey

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Throughout the Odyssey the fates of Odysseus, Penelope and Telemachus has similarities and differences to Agamemnon, Clytemnestra and Orestes. Even though their story is different the idea behind them is similar. Both families goes through obstacles in their life but outcome of these events differs because of their personalities. Odysseus and Agamemnon; they have a lot of features in common. Both are kings, both are fighters for their people in Trojan Wars, and both have son and wives waiting at home for them to return. Odysseus is the main character of the Odyssey, which tells his journey to back home after Trojan Wars. He struggled for many years to get back home but many obstacles on the way got the best of him. He is brave, strong, smart, …show more content…
When his father is in Trojan War Clytemnestra sends Orestes away to protect him because city’s dangerous conditions scares her. In reality she doesn't want him to learn about her involvement with Aegisthus. When he finds out about his mother killing his father, he gets order from Apollo to kill her own mother. Orestes was warned by Apollo that he would suffer if he did not avenge Agamemnon's death by killing Clytemnestra. Filled with revenge Orestes avenges his father's death by killing both Aegisthus and Clytemnestra. Telemachus- son of Odysseus and Penelope. His is not in the same situation as Orestes but since his father is away from his home and kingdom for over fifteen years, the Suitors take over Odysseus's home. These suitors insist that they have the right to stay there as they wait for the day when Penelope will decide who she will marry. During this time the Suitors eat Penelope out of house and home, play musical instruments all night and are rude and disruptive. Confused and unaware of how to deal with these Suitors, Athena comes to Telemachus and tells him to go on a journey in search of his father.When Athena gives advice to Telemachus he says, “You should not be practicing childishness, since you are no longer of that age. Have you not heard what fame was acquired by noble Orestes throughout all of mankind when he slaughtered the father-destroyer.. You too, friend- for I see you sufficiently handsome and grown up-be bold now, so that those born later may speak of you fitly.”(Book 1, Line 206). Inspired by Orestes Telemachus goes on the journey to prove that his capable of being a strong person and willing to uphold his father's honor and integrity. The underlying reason for taking this journey is so that Telemachus will grow and mature into a

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