The Odyssey opens with the story revolving around Telemachus, making it seem that he was a character as important as Odysseus. As the story progresses, Athena becomes more and more of a central character. She is the only female character featured throughout the epic. Athena was not only the most influential female character in the epic, but she was even more important of a character than Telemachus, himself. Athena helps Telemachus towards the beginning of the book with her true identity concealed by taking the form of a friend of Odysseus’ family, Mentor.
In the Odyssey, Odysseus’ absences motivates Telemachus to become more courageous and responsible. Telemachus was scared and frightened to approach the suitors because of his his eagerness for them to leave. Telemachus is worried and has lost his hopes that his father will never return back. “Yet, were Odysseus to return, were they to see him here again, they would not only pray for gold or richer clothes-just faster feet. But he has died by now, died wretchedly” (page 8).
The Odyssey The Odyssey is one of the most famous epic poems out there and it’s written by Homer. The Odyssey follows two characters, Odysseus and Telemachus, who have their own journeys which then eventually both journeys collide. Odysseus’s journey is about him trying to make it back to his homeland, Ithaca, whereas Telemachus’s journey is about him searching for news about his father and trying to grow up to become the man everyone hopes for him to be. Since the book focuses on these two characters, I have learned a lot about Telemachus as well as Odysseus. However, Telemachus’s character interests me more which is why he is also my favorite character.
In The Odyssey the relationship between Odysseus and Telemachus is important. Odysseus been gone for over twenty years of Telemachus life. He is not there through the adolescence. Telemachus hurt by the absence of his father he looks who resembles the same features of his father. Although, Odyssey is gone there is still a relationship being formed between
Telemachus says, “Eurymachus, clearly my father 's journey home is lost forever/ I no longer trust in rumors from the blue/ nor bother with any prophecy, when mother calls/ some wizard into the house to ask him questions” (1. 470-473). This shows that Telemachus is weak because Telemachus continues to say that Odysseus is not returning and that he should just give up and lose all hope. This proves that Telemachus is a boy still, because he will not trust no man that returns rumors from the blue even if they might be true and that Odysseus is not coming back. A final example of Telemachus being weak in the beginning is he is just as weak as his mother,
The Odyssey is a good example of how epic poetry is defined by archetypes. It was written by Homer and is about the journey that a man named Odysseus takes to find his way home after the Trojan War. The Odyssey and its characters are highly impacted by archetypes, or character traits that are created and recreated throughout literature, such as the companions, the evil figure with the ultimately good heart, and the loyal sidekick. Odysseus’ men were the Achaeans that fought with him in the Trojan War. These men fit the loyal companions archetype throughout The Odyssey.
Athena greatly interferes in Telemachus’ and Odysseus’ lives by utilizing her intellect. Her power, influence and control on men can either be seen as a positivity or as a negativity. Her interference lead Calypso to let go of Odysseus, or he might’ve stayed there forever. On the other hand, had she not interfered so much, Odysseus might have been able to get back home much
Odysseus is a hero because all of the suitors were invading his home when Telemachus and Penelope did not like it. In The Odyssey, Odysseus and Telemachus fought every single suitor until they were all dead. This shows Odysseus is a hero because it is what everyone wanted, is the suitors to leave. Also in The Odyssey, when Penelope heard Odysseus was home she was filled with joy and fainted from so much excitement. This shows Odysseus is a hero because Penelope was saved by him and now he has returned back home to her.
elemachus’ Fight for Honor The Odyssey, written by the Greek Poet Homer, tells the story of Odysseus’ journey returning home from the Trojan War. The beginning of the book starts with Telemakhos, son of Odysseus. He gives a speech to the men of Ithaca at an assembly he has called for the first time since his father has been absent. Telemakhos has a change of character and needs the help from the men to take back control of his home and his self-respect. Before he presents the speech, the men of Ithaca viewed him as a timid young boy who wouldn’t stand up for what he believed in and now that he is suddenly taking on the character of a strong confident man, no one is taking him seriously.
Odysseus worried about how Telemachus's future was in danger due to the suitors, however, for Telemachus it was more than that. Telemachus went as far as to leave Ithaca to find out who his father was and if he is still alive. The relationship Odysseus’s family has and the love it carries gave them all more strength to keep going and manage to keep persevering until the very