Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, chronicles the homeward bound voyage of the main character, King Odysseus of Ithaca. After Trojan War which lasted ten years, Odysseus sets foot on another adventure, which also spans ten years, to return to Ithaca. Odysseus is gone from his home for a total twenty years, but upon his arrival back to Ithaca, he finds that his title has been defended by his wife Penelope and his son Telemachus, who have been awaiting his return this entire time. Odysseus and Penelope are meant to be a model couple, so people often argue about which of the two is more admirable. To be admirable is to have faced a struggle with honor and dignity.
Odysseus, the great hero, does not make a physical appearance in the odyssey until the fifth book. The author may have done this for multiple reasons. One reason may have been to create such a suspense that keeps the readers interested in reading the book. Telemachus, Odysseus’ son, has been created into a smaller hero story, in the Odyssey, through how he encountered a journey to find his father. Sons of great heroes and gods were expected to take after their fathers, so Telemachus took on this journey as his father would have.
Telemachus’ life serves as the gateway to Odysseus’ legacy. The egocentric nature in which Telemachus describes Odysseus’ assumed fate strengthens the idea that Odysseus’ legacy lies in Telemachus’ life on earth. The idea of “great fame for years to come” is reflected through Telemachus’ life because Telemachus is both the physical and the figurative link between Odysseus and the mortal, living world (Ody. I.279). Telemachus’ mention of the gods’ “vengeance” by killing Odysseus elaborates on a more general juxtaposition – the gods, who are immortal, control humans’ mortality (Ody. 272). However, the gods don’t have control over a legacy, as storytelling is a human activity.
The Odyssey is an epic poem about a Greek warrior named Odysseus, trying to get home to his wife Penelope and his son Telemachus after fighting in the Trojan War. It takes him 20 years to get home because he made the god of the sea, Poseidon, mad at him by stabbing his son in the eye, who is a cyclops. While he and his men are trying to get home they go through many problems on their journey like getting trapped on an island, fighting monsters and also, almost losing their minds. Some people think Odysseus is a hero but he’s not, people forget that he got all his men killed and he also cheated on his wife with a goddess named Calypso for seven years and with a witch named Circe for one yea. He also massacred one-hundred men granted they were
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.
The Relationship between Telemachus and Odysseus his father is very different. First off, Telemachus has really never met his father but there is still some relation there. Telemachus longs to meet his father and have a relationship. It is very clear that Telemachus struggles to come to the fact that his father has been away for so long and questions at the beginning of the books if he will every come home. Once Telemachus is told by Athena in disguise that his father is still alive ( lines 220-228 in Fagles) he longs on a journey to try and find his dad to see if he is alive.
Telemakhus The Odyssey, written by Homer, tells the story of the adventures of Odysseus's journey. During his return, Odysseus encounters treacherous waters, horrifying beasts, and angry gods. The story also focuses on his family and friends that wait for his return back home in Ithaca. One character that shows the qualities of a hero is Odysseus's son, Telemakhus.
Since the time of 8th century B.C.E., the story of the significant hero Odysseus has been told by Homer in the epic poem, The Odyssey. It is broken down into 24 books, which separate each part of the story. The first four books are called The Telemachy, where Telemachus, the son of Odysseus, struggles when suitors arrive, ill-mannered intruders who covet Penelope, Odysseus’ wife. Odysseus’ importance is shown when in his absence, problems arise such as Telemachus’ sheepish personality, an infestation of suitors, and also shown when even the Gods and other kings recognize and respect Odysseus.
Throughout The Odyssey, Odesseus’ son, Telemachus, arcs as a character completely, maturing and becoming a man by the end. Only a small child when his father, ruler of Ithaca, left to fight in the Trojan War, Telemachus lived without a biological father figure for nineteen years of his life, and without any sign Odesseus would ever return. Suitors overtook his estate. His mother became a prize to be won. Telemachus was immature and rather conflicted; he knew he needed to defend his mother and the estate from the suitors who continuously feasted upon Odesseus’ abundant stores of meat and wine, but he was unsure how to take charge that way.
Telemachus in Homer’s The Odyssey indisputably grows from a boy to a man. When Antinous tells Telemachus that he hopes Zeus will never make the son of Odysseus King of Ithaca after the prince’s godly speech to the suitors, Telemachus shows he is entirely confident in his ability to rule. Telemachus Firmly ensures that he would “be happy to take the crown if Zeus presents it” (1.446). Evidently Telemachus believes he is now enough of a man to rule the island of Ithaca.