The Role Of Telemachus In Homer's The Odyssey

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The Odyssey is a classic tale of the hero, although some heroes are not what they are depicted to be. In the first four chapters of The Odyssey, by Homer, we are introduced to Telemachus, these books appropriately introduce us to Homer's work as well as lead us into the rest of the book. We have a mental image of Odysseus as a brave warrior and a noble husband, he is described as the ideal person. The view of the readers towards Odysseus is a positive one, we hope that he will return home to his wife and son, unfortunately, when we finally meet him he comes off as arrogant and cocky. These books introduce us to Homer's work as we see with the introduction, as he introduces us to Telemachus rather than his father, Odysseus, who is the main character. The picture painted of Odysseus is one of bravery and…show more content…
These books properly introduce us to Homer's work because they establish a setting for the characters, which is Ithaka, as well as give us a thorough depiction of the main character through his friends and colleagues eyes. “First by far to see her was Prince Telemachus, sitting among the suitors, heart obsessed with grief. He could almost see his magnificent father, here… if only he might drop from the clouds and drive these suitors all in a rout through the halls and regain his pride of place and rule his own domains,” (Homer, I. 132-139). In this piece of text we see into Telemachus’s mind and hear him wishing for his father's return, so that he can rid his home of all of the Suitors trying to take his wife's hand in marriage. The reader can see, even early on in the Telemachy, that Telemachus has had a positive image of his father as a hero established into his mind helping the reader understand what his motivations are for finding his father and returning him to his family and his city. Concluding
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