Transformation Of Telemachus In The Odyssey In Homer's Odyssey

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In The Odyssey, Homer shows the transition of Telemachus from a childish and passive young man to a Man worthy of being Odysseus’ son. Through the help of Athena, he learns different character traits and qualities such as bravery that helps him to mature into a man worth the title of a prince of Ithaca. Odysseus’ son the help of Athena. He learns how to be authoritative, assert maturity and acknowledge his wrongdoing. He is also influenced by the return of his father to be more like him. These events of maturation Telemachus goes through shows his transition from a young man to a man worthy to be Odysseus’s son.
Throughout The Odyssey, Telemachus proves himself worthy to be Odysseus son. Through the help of Athena, Telemachus slowly matures
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In the first couple of books, he shows the development of maturity by requesting support from the assembly in his quest to seek news of his father. He askes for a ship and a crew of twenty men to accompany him on his passage to Sparta and Pylos. The old Telemachus would not have done things which proves that he is slowly maturing to make decisions. Again, Athena plays a huge role in the maturity of Telemachus, especially on the trip to Sparta and Pylos. The journey to Pylos and Sparta also symbolises Telemachus’ maturity to take up the father’s role, a position that has been unoccupied for a while. The trip plays an important role as Telemachus gains a lot of boldness and courage through his meeting with Nester, the kings of Pylos as they discuss the whereabouts of his father. The readers also notice a quality in Telemachus which is his ability for polite conversation. This was seen during his visit with king Menelaus. The king was so impressed, he pleads for Telemachus to extend his visit. This ability shows how he can brilliantly complement and manipulate others in other to get his way. This is also like Odysseus cunning. Through these experiences, he is discovering himself while also learning to be bold and vocal. He is displaying signs of becoming an even greater person than his …show more content…
With his father present, he strives to mimic his traits and is further exposed to Odysseus characters which influences him. Odysseus shows the traits of being cunning when he is disguised a beggar in the palace. As Telemachus is being exposed to the brilliant cunning by his father, his knowledge is also increasing as he is learning about different strategies of war. The trait of cunning was seen at the beginning of the book when makes the decision not to inform his mother of his decision to travel in search of his father. He shows great cunning, as he informs his nurse not to bring it to his mother’s attention until she askes for his whereabouts. This is like the character of his father as we later see Odysseus use that trait to sneak into the palace. This shows how similar they are and how Telemachus is his father s son as he exemplifies some characteristics as his

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