Adolescence of Telemachus and Nausikaa in Homer's Odyssey

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Homer's Odyssey introduces us to a wide variety of characters. Two of the younger characters are Telemachus, the son of Odysseus, and Nausikaa, the daughter of King Alkinoos. Both Telemachus and Nausikaa are approximately the same age, although the book is not specific about Nausikaa's age. More importantly, we know that they are both teenagers. Almost all adolescents must make a transition from childhood to young adult and in doing so they share two central traits, the wish for independence and rebelliousness, and Nausikaa and Telemachus are no exceptions.

Adolescence is defined as the transitional period between childhood and adulthood. Despite Telemachus' age, he doesn't really begin this transitional period until Athena comes to him. In the beginning of the book, although Telemachus is eighteen, he is still a child. Telemachus' childhood was, for the most part, without a father. Because of this, he feels it is his duty to protect his mother. Unfortunately, Telemachus lacks the resolve to expel the suitors and he doesn't completely think his actions through.

However, when Athena comes to him in the form of Mentes, everything suddenly changes. Athena acts as a catalyst to propel Telemachus into the next stage of his life. This is where his adolescence truly begins. Telemachus now wants to be independent. It is possible that he wants to harvest his father's kleos and live up to the "Odysseus tradition" and the Odysseus name. Telemachus rebels against his mother, whom he thought he was supposed to protect, and mounts an expedition to go search for his father without telling her anythin...

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...sp; Your thesis statement needs to be more detailed. You state the need for independence and rebellion, which you discuss in your paper. However, you do not state their transition stage from child to adolescent, which you also discuss in your paper. Almost all adolescents must make a transition from childhood to young adult and in doing so they share two central traits, the wish for independence and rebelliousness, and Nausikaa and Telemachus are no exceptions.

2. You have a good argument. You do, however, use a lot of plot summary. Try not to re-tell the story and concentrate on diving deeper into your analysis. Give a more detailed comparison of the two teenagers. Are there any other forms of rebellion or independence in the teenagers? How do the other characters react to these transitions?

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