Analysis of Telemachus in Odyssey Essay

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Analysis of Telemachus in Odyssey

In the Odyssey, Telemachus, son of great hero Odysseus, who grows up in the world of greed and disrespect where the suitors take over his palace and court his mother, is one of the most significant character throughout the whole epic. His father, Odysseus, leaving the land Ithaca for 20 years, is the only warrior alive in Trojan war who hasn’t make his return home. During Telemachus’ expedition to search for the news of his father, he is under a process of maturation from the beginning in which he is mere a shadow of his father to the end in which he becomes more and more like him in terms of initiative, sensitivity and socialization.
Although he has come into his adolescence at the beginning of
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Not until Athena, disguised as Mentes, shows up, convincing him Odysseus is still alive and propelling him to sail out for his father’s news does Telemachus begins to starts taking responsibility of the family. Athena’s counsel acts as catalyst suddenly provoking him to wake up. When his mother asked the bard to stop singing the song about how the Achaeans’ journey home form Troy, he accuses Penelope of blaming the innocent bard and asks her to withdraw to her chamber. He said in book one:”So, mother, go back to your quarters. Tend to your own tasks, the distaff and the loom, and keep the women working hard as well. As for giving orders, men will see to that, but I most of all: I hold the reins of power in this house.”(Homer 1.409) It is at that time he starts to realize his position as the master and begins to defend his mother’s dignity by confronting the suitors at the very first time.
However, people usually attribute his sudden development to the assistance of the goddess. So he is still undergoing the process of maturation until he takes the initiative on his own. And that step is accomplished after the re-encounter with his father. When he returns to the palace he is already adept in ordering his mother and her maids to comply with his will. As Telemachus said in book 17”:Don’t move me to tears, don’t stir the heart inside me. . . Bathe now, put on some fresh clothes, go up to your own room with your serving-women, pray, and

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