Telemakhos Character In A Hero's Son Awakens

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Register to read the introduction… Tellingly, Book II is entitled "A Hero's Son Awakens." Given the encouragement from Athena, Telemakhos' evolution from cowardice to courage begins. He calls the suitors to a meeting where he informs them that he will be departing, and commands: "go feasting elsewhere, consume your own stores...If you choose to slaughter one man's livestock and pay nothing, this is rapine; and by the eternal gods I beg Zeus you shall get what you deserve: a slaughter here, and nothing paid for it!" (I.424-430). Telemakhos is initially not known to be a man of action; and this is the first occasion upon which Telemakhos takes a stand against the suitors. Then, just as his father, Telemakhos bravely sets out on his journey. Just as Athenas encouragement has served, Telemakhos' progression is largely thanks to the support of those he will meet on his journey. At Pylos, he speaks with fluency to Nestor and his household as a portrait of his burgeoning confidence. Yet there is still evidence that Telemakhos lacks the necessary confidence to formidably take on the suitors back home. Speaking with Nestor he says, "I wish the gods would buckle his arms on me! I'd be revenged for outrage on my insidious and brazen enemies. But no such happy lot was given to me or to my father" (III.222-226). Even still, Nestor gives the example of Orestes, son of Agamemnon and the unfaithful Clytemnestra, to illustrate the courage that Telemakhos can and should show. In Sparta, King Menelaus and Queen Helen receive Telemakhos with the best of hospitality and immediately recognize him as son of Odysseus. Within their court, Telemakhos hears many stories of his fathers courage and grandeur. Not only does Telemakhos draw confidence from these stories, but when Athena appears to him in a dream and reveals that his father is back home, Telemakhos is poised and ready for action. Clearly, Telemakhos is realizing his capacities …show more content…
However, before Odysseus reveals himself to Telemakhos, the fear that the suitors would overthrow him if he returned to the palace still gripped Telemakhos. To Eumaeus, a loyal servant, Telemakhos states, "Impossible to let him stay in hall, among the suitors. They are drunk, drunk on impudence, they might injure my guest- and how could I bear that? How could a single man take on those odds? Not even a hero could. The suitors are too strong" (XVI. 99-105). Although Telemakhos is speaking up for himself and thinking with foresight about his actions, he still evidently lacks complete confidence in himself. Upon this Athena reveals Odysseus in his true glory to Telemakhos. Thus, when Odysseus and Telemakhos reunite, the supporter that was always missing in Telemakhos' life was restored. Without a father, in the ancient Greek patriarchal society, Telemakhos felt incomplete and subsequently lacked the poise necessary to take back his home. With his courage intact, and his father by his side, Telemakhos and Odysseus formulate a plan to avenge their household; both men display outstanding fortitude. In commanding the servants (Eurikleia, to be specific), Telemakhos "spoke so soldierly that her own speech halted on her tongue" (XIX.38-39). At this point it is clear that Telemakhos has reached fulfillment and strength in his

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