Family And Father Son Relationships In Homer's The Odyssey

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In Homer’s The Odyssey, the importance of family and father-son relationships are evident through the exchanges between Odysseus and Telemachus. First of all, although Telemachus has never actually seen his father, her goes on a journey across the sea in order to find news of Odysseus. Telemachus’s bravery and courage to know of his father’s whereabouts shows the connection between father and son. Telemachus’s actions show how the Greeks value not only bravery but also being loyal to the family. Second of all, while taking revenge upon the suitors, Odysseus is about to kill the minstrel singer when Telemachus asks him to have mercy and, believing his son, allows the man to live. Odysseus’s mercy after listening to his so saves a man’s life

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