Journal Entries For The Odyssey

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Journal 1 A: Homer has a very unique method of beginning the Odyssey. He starts the book in the action. After we hear about Odysseus's situation in the first passages Homer starts to focus on Odysseus's son, Telemachus. Telemachus is coming the age where he will take over his fathers role as household master that he left unfilled approximately twenty years ago. He is already showing signs of maturity when he ordered the suitors to leave and eventually got them legally ejected. "Shameless," he cried, "and insolent suitors, let us feast at our pleasure now, and let there be no brawling, for it is a rare thing to hear a man with such a divine voice as Phemius has; but in the morning meet me in full assembly that I may give you formal notice …show more content…

In the beginning of the Odyssey, Telemachus was just a isolated child (he is twenty one years old). With the help of Athena, and as time went on in the novel; experiencing different adventures and responsibilities changed him. He became a man. Telemachus is not so sure how to deal with all of the power he has. Telemachus made a good move by calling an assembly for all the Leaders of Ithaca to discuss the suitors activities. Even though he spoke well at the meeting and surprised most of the elders, Antinous and Eurymachus disrespected him and his mother Penelope. “[…] in any case we fear no one, and surely not Telemachus, for all he is so eloquent. Nor do we care for any prophecy, which you, old sir, may tell us, which will not happen, and will make you even more hated” (Homer 12). This quote shows the disrespect Eurymachus had for Telemachus, as well as the suitors defiance of the gods and the prophecy. Three people who taught Telemachus a lot and helped him in his journey to manhood were Athena, Nestor, and Menelaus. Athena counseled and advised Telemachus on his journeys. She taught him how to behave amid the Greek leaders. Also, Athena helped him avoid and ambuscade of suitors on their return to Ithaca. Nestor of Pylos taught him how to be loyal and devoted to the gods and prophecy. He gave him a greater respect for them. Menelaus of Sparta boosts his confidence that his

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