The Odyssey, a book depicting the hero Odysseus’ return to his home, also tells the story of his son’s maturing. Odysseus’ son, Telemachus, begins in the story a fearful child who holds anger in his heart from never having the privilege of knowing his father. As the story progresses, we see Telemachus gains confidence in himself and begins to take charge. His development is seen through him confronting the suitors, taking charge and leading an expedition to find information on his father, and making plans to rescue his father after hearing of his imprisonment. Telemachus starts out as a boy timid and unsure of himself, but with the help from the goddess Athena, he is filled with aplomb in himself and acts as a true man would by supporting and defending his father. While Odysseus is away, his wife Penelope is bombarded by arrogant and self-righteous suitors who consume all of his animals and reside in his home. Telemachus is offended and enraged by this, especially because the father he never had isn’t here to defend his own home. More than anything, Telemachus is angry with his position in life. He wonders why the gods would curse him by allowing him to grow up without a father figure and watch as his mother is harassed by unworthy suitors. He acts sorry for himself and childish. "They have chosen to send trouble upon us. That man they have picked out of all the men in the world, and they have made him vanish out of our sight. If he were dead it would not hurt me so much ( Rouse, 9). He is so blinded by his self-pity he doesn’t realize he has the ability to banish the suitors from the house Athena, still fond of Odysseus, disguises herself as Odysseus’ old friend Mentes and talks to Telemachus about confronting the suitors and traveling to Pylos and Sparta to try and discover what happened to his father. Telemachus suspects that his visitor was actually a god in disguise so it gives him a notch in his confidence and he tells the suitors there will be a meeting about their banishment from his father’s home. The suitors doubt the boy and ask who sent him such information, and instead of revealing the goddess he tells them it was a friend of his father’s. At the assembly, Aegyptius praises the young boy for filling in his father’s shoes when he could not be there to do so himself. At this point in the story, Telemachus has made his first major step to becoming the man that he has the potential to be. He has defended his father’s home and taken care of his mother. "Gentlemen, you pretend to marry my mother, but you are behaving in a most outrageous fashion..to-morrow let us hold session in the market-place, for I wish to tell you in plain words that you must go from my house ( Rouse, 16). Still hurt over his father’s absence, Athena disguises herself as Mentor, another friend of Odysseus’, and predicts to Telemachus that if he pursues the journey to find his
Odyssey Essay 1/18/13 Period C
Throughout the history of mankind has looked for guidance from a godlike being or beings. In the Greek epic The Odyssey composed by Homer, mortals’ lives are affected by the presence of the gods, who watch over and even intercede…
During the era of The Odyssey, hospitality played a vital role in the ethics of society. Travel was immensely tiring and many travelers needed places to stay. Therefore people were expected to provide hospitality and in turn, were often rewarded in some type of way. People were expected to treat traveling strangers with food, shelter and entertainment even if they were unaware of the possible danger. Also, people were very wary that if they failed to offer hospitality the Gods would unleash punishment…
In the epic poem The Odyssey, in books 1, 2 & 9, Homer showed that Odysseus had admirable traits even though at times his actions brought pain and suffering to others. By some of his characteristics, he showed us that he is a warrior at this time in his life. His intelligence and his courage were admired by all the characters in The Odyssey. Odysseus demonstrated his intelligence in Book 9 when he didn’t tell the Cyclops his real name because everyone knew who he was. An example when…
“It is not what an author states, but what he or she whispers that is important.” In other words little details in a work are actually important in fully understanding it. Two works that prove this quote true are The Odyssey by Homer and “Ithaka” by Constantine Cavafy.
The Odyssey by Homer proves that this quote is true in many ways. There were many events in this poem where little details could teach the reader a lot. One was when Odysseus and his men went to The Land of the Lotus Eaters. Though…
In the Odyssey Circe gives advice to Odysseus, this helped him from accomplishing his goal. This choice makes everything more better for everyone later on because it saves people’s lives. In “The Sirens; Scylla and Charybdis” Odysseus and his men return to Circe’s island, where Circe warns Odysseus of the bad things that await them. Circe then gives Odysseus advice on what to do to avoid everything. She warns him about the sirens and how to avoid their song, she then also points them in the direction…
The Odyssey Essay
What is a good leader? A leader must express certain virtues, embody ideals, and value a culture considered admirable. A leader must emerge victorious from any situations no matter how perilous to be considered such. Strength, courage, intelligence, and loyalty are almost prerequisites. A leader must not only portray these qualities, but they set an example as each of these qualities. Leaders are a role model to the ones who needs guidance in life. In the epic poem The Odyssey…
Five Hundred Pages of Greek Mythology
Mrs. D’s class used The Odyssey as an example of Greek mythology. The Odyssey shows all thirteen steps of the hero’s journey and the four functions of Greek mythology. Even though this book is five hundred pages long, it is an exemplar of Greek mythology, which is in contrast to most other Greek mythology stories that tend to be short.
In the book The Odyssey the main character Odysseus is an exemplar of the hero’s journey. To begin, the initiate is Odysseus…
Honors English 10 Period 5
30 November 2014
After reading The Odyssey it is evident that no matter what obstacle he and his
men face, big or small, Odysseus' character remains the same. In the epic poem The Odyssey
Homer explores and describes the life of a man named Odysseus. Many of Odysseus' godlike
traits are evident throughout the many challenges he and his men face. Odysseus is a very clever,
brave, and strong man.
Throughout this epic…
heroes, lust and war, fantastical adventures and heartfelt emotions, the Odyssey is one of the supreme epics of all time. Centered on Odysseus’ ten year journey home, the poem is filled with suspenseful and emotional scenes of the human experience. As a mother and son earnestly await the return of their beloved, Odysseus has to struggle through treacherous trials and tribulation to reach his native soil and his family. But Odysseys’ preparedness to live a life away from home before the Trojan War, his…
17 December 012
Homer was in some ways a ghost, he believed he was a blind bard, or a storyteller. David Adam Leeming says that some people believed there are two Homers, or that Homer was a legend. Homer is famous for writing the Iliad and the Odysseus. The story of the Odyssey takes us through the seven stages of a Greek soldier’s journey of getting home after the Trojan War.
The first stage in Odysseus’ Call to venture home to Ithica. Odysseus…