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The Maturation Of Telemachus

Athena, or Mantes as Telemeters knows her, is looking for Odysseus ND asks of his whereabouts. When struck with the news that he is nowhere to be found she instills hope in young Telemeters. “He won’t be gone long from the native land that he loves, not even if iron shackles bind your father down. He’s plotting a way to journey home at last; he’s never at a (Pages, Book 1 235). After sharing this news with Telemeters, Athena urges him to round up the suitors the following morning and heed a warning.

Athena proceeds to tell Telemeters of his adventure that lies ahead, Calling the gods to witness, Telemeters is instructed to tell the suitors to scatter and go to their own homes. It is a plan that Telemeters must follow through with in order to find out the truth regarding his father’s whereabouts and condition. In another attempt to instill motivation in Telemeters Athena questions him regarding his present stage in life; “You must not cling to your boyhood any longer-it’s time you were a (Pages, Book l, 341).

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In response to the stranger’s advice, Telemeters confronts the suitors the following morning and advises them to leave. This is Telemeters’ first step towards manhood. Although the reader knows that he has the support of Athena, Telemeters himself does not. His ability to stand p for and defend his beliefs is a small step towards manhood, but, only the beginning. After confronting the suitors, many, particularly Mutinous, talk back to Telemeters and try to blame Penelope for their delayed inhabitance Of his home.

Refusing to listen to the ideas of the suitors, Telemeters, again encouraged by a family friend, named Mentor (Athena in disguise), decides to set sail to Troy, to ultimately visit some of his father’s friends. It is this decision to set sail that is Telemeters’ second step in his maturing process. For a boy (because that’s essentially what he is) to take it upon himself to set sail or +/Los would be like myself taking the family car and driving cross country. In my case it might be ludicrous but in Telemeters’ case, it is a sign of bravery.

It is his willingness to endure the hardships of sailing in order to gain knowledge regarding Odysseus, that shows the audience he is growing into adulthood, he is taking matters into his own hands. Instead of waiting for his father to come home and watch as the suitors eat him out to house and home, Telemeters decides to take the initiative and find things out for himself. Upon landing in Pylons, king Nester shares many stories with the ever maturing Telemeters. At one point the king points out similar traits that Telemeters and Odysseus share. I look at you and a sense of wonder takes me. Your way with words-it’s just like his-I’d swear no youngster could ever speak like you, so apt, so (Eagles, book 3, 138). Here king Nester vocalizes the similarities between the vocabulary of both Odysseus and Telemeters. The king swears that no youngster could ever speak like Telemeters. True Telemeters might not have acquired his vocabulary during his sail but this is one more bit of evidence that Telemeters is indeed almost a grown man. Nevertheless, he at least has he vocabulary of one.

Although king Nester offers many stories of both his and Odysseus’ battles at Troy, he can offer no information as to the whereabouts of Odysseus. Not since his ship had been blown off course. With no pertinent information regarding his father found in Pylons, Telemeters decides to set sail for Sparta. Here is where Telemeters meets Menelaus and Helen. Helen recognizes Telemeters due to his physical resemblance of Odysseus. It is here that Telemeters finds the answer he is looking for. While under the influence of wine (and drug, enhanced by Helen), Menelaus repeats a Tory told to him by the Old Man of the Sea.

It is from this story that Telemeters learns of his father’s current location, He is currently being held as a sex-slave to the nymph Calypso on an island with no way of escape without a ship. Heeding to the advice given to him by king Nester; “Don’t stray too long from home, nor leave your wealth unguarded with such a set of scoundrels in the place” “O (Pages, Book 3, 314), and with the newly acquired knowledge of his fathers existence, Telemeters sets sail back to Ithaca. While sailing back towards his homeland, Telemeters is confronted by Athena et again.

Here she warns him Of the suitors planned ambush awaiting him. “Picked men of the suitors lie in ambush, grim-set in the straits between Ithaca and rocky Same, poised to kill you before you can reach home, but I have my doubts they will. “+ (Beagles. Book 15, 32). Athena continues to give Telemeters advice regarding where to sail and where he is to go upon landing. It is the swineherd in which Telemeters is told to visit, and this ultimately leads to the reunion with his father, Odysseus. It is during this reunion in which Odysseus and Telemeters plan the slaughtering of the suitors.

The only problem being that there are 108 suitors and only the two of them to fight against. Recognizing this obstacle, Odysseus decides he needs more time to execute his plans and remains unknown to all except Museums and Telemeters. At last a contest is announced by queen Penelope, “Here is the prize at issue, right before you, look-I set before you the great bow of King Odysseus now! The hand that can string this bow with greatest ease, that shoots an arrow clean through all twelve axes-he is the man I follow” : “0 (Beagles, Book 21, 84). It is in this contest that Telemeters proves he is a man.

He stood at the threshold, poised to try the bow” Three times he made it shudder, straining to bend it, three times his power flagged-but his hopes ran high he’d string his fathers bow and shoot through every iron and now, struggling with all his might for the fourth time, he would have strung the bow, but Odysseus shook his head and stopped him short despite his tensing (Eagles, Book 21, 142) This is proof that Telemeters is strong enough to string his father’s bow, a bow in which only his father could string before him. Telemeters, at this Stage in his life, is a an, proving his strength OTF all.

The last sign of Telemeters’ completed journey from childhood to manhood is seen on the battlefield. During the confrontation between the suitor’s fathers, and Alerter, Odysseus and Telemeters. “What a day for me, dear gods! What joy. My son and grandson vying overcharge! “@ [Spoken by Alerter] (Eagles, Book 24, 566), This is the last sign and final chapter in Telemeters’ maturation. He is seen on the battlefield with his father and grandfather, and gives to him the image of being on the same level as they are, affirming that he is no longer a child but yet a man.

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