Humans are like play-dough they start off average but with the right guidance they can become what they were meant to be. Telemachus in The Odyssey by Homer, had many obstacles he had to overcome and with guidance from his mentor he followed the path to becoming who he was destined to be. Transitioning from high school to college is also a difficult journey and requires a great ordeal of time and effort put into it. Although faintly dissimilar, Telemachus’s initiation into manhood and the initiation of transforming from a high school student to a college student are dubiously alike because they both transition into confident and independent people. Telemachus's initiation is slightly different, but quite like the initiation high schoolers go through to college.
Zeus tried to stay out of the Trojan War for egotistic motives and was viewed as a father figure, not being biased to either side of the conflict. He likes to keep tabs on the other god’s dealings in the war. If he had not been involved as the top dog of Olympus, the Trojan War would have been much more hectic, and probably an arena for the gods to play war. Zeus fits the role perfectly for the plot of The Iliad because he is the head god and has much more experience than they. Homer had supposedly written The Iliad and the Odyssey, The Iliad being the first.
Telemachus is the son of Odysseus and Penelope in the Odyssey. He was raised without a father and this caused him not to have a strong male example in his life. He was forced to mature into a man on his own and become the man his father was. Telemachus is required to figure out ways to be honorable on his own and this causes him to have a deeper responsibility than the normal man of his age. In Telemachus’ life, he is able to mature into an adult man capable of making virtuous decisions and acting with the honor that is required of a virtuous man of the Greek world and Christian world.
The Odyssey was a great story with so many interesting characters and it was hard narrowing it down to just one character. The character that stood out the most to me is Prince Telemachus because of his ways. Telemachus, one of the major characters from the Odyssey, stays the same throughout most of the story by being timid and spineless, but he also grows and becomes courageous after meeting his father. His father has had a lot of impact on his life in just that little time they shared together because Telemachus matured from a boy to a man. Without his father being in his life Telemachus was scared to do pretty much anything that involves an altercation.
They each grow and flourish throughout the poem; Odysseus learns the importance of his presence in his family life and Ithaca. While Telemachus learns how to be a leader, mature as a man and forgive his father for his absence. At the beginning of the story, Telemachus needs to manage the suitors who have assumed control over his home and hope to marry his mother solely to gain control over Ithaca he says, “For my mother, against her will, is beset by suitors, own sons to the men who are greatest hereabouts. These shrink from making the journey to the house of her father Ikarios, so that he might take bride gifts for his daughter and bestow her on the one he wished…” The suitors are trying to pursue his mother and take over his home, his life is at risk as heir to the crown. He's simply just in the way of the suitors wishing to steal the thrown.
By the end of the fight with the suitors we see him now matured from the youth we saw into the man he should be. Telemakhos tries to be like his father to the best of his ability, even though his father has been away since he was merely an infant. The only father he knew was from stories told by people, including his mother. He also dreamed constantly of the man his father must have been, thinking, "What if his great father came from the unknown world and drove these men like dead leaves through the place, recovering honor and lordship in his own domains"(277). It is as if Odysseus did raise his son in some ways, through the dreams and stories, perhaps being a better figure to look up to rather than in person.
215-216) He speaks these words to Athena who in turn tells Telemachus about his father, and what he should do to find out some information about his father’s whereabouts. According to Solon, Telemachos should be at his mental and physical prowess but instead he is simply a boy who cannot even lead his own house. He needs the push and advice of a stranger for him to decide what to do. Athena tells Telemachos that “You should not go on clinging to your childhood. You are no longer... ... middle of paper ... ...ent of Telemachus is amazing in the fact that it happened in such a short period of time.
He now must build a new one, and he builds it to the needs of his son Ascanius, whom he works to protect through the entirety of the novel. He places this need to protect and preserve Ascanius’ glory above even his own desires, as in the episode with Dido. “’And my dear son, Ascanius – am I to wrong him / By cheating him of his inheritance, / A kingdom in Hesperia, his destined land (A. 4.406-8, L.)?’” As much as he longs to remain with Dido, he longs for the Trojans’ new country even more. In fact, it is his devotion to Ascanius that pushes him to leave Dido.
From past obstacles Odysseus was required to overcome on his trip home to Ithaca he was grown from acting out impulsively to thinking out strategies before had for attacks and battles. CONCLUSION In Homer’s the Odyssey the theme like father like son is demonstrated. Telemachus becomes the man his father (Odysseus) is through acquiring personality traits that he has and evolving in a brave and courageous character, such as his father was. Odysseus and Telemachus both go on journeys to reunite their families; they both have a great love and appreciation for Penelope and transition from being impatient and impulsive to patience.
Telemakhos of The Odyssey Telemakhos, Odysseus's son, finally realizes that in order to preserve his estate he must fill in his father's shoes and grow up. Telemakhos not only needs to do this for himself, but for his father who is still alive. Telemakhos became a man his father would be proud of. Twenty years ago Odysseus left for Troy, leaving Telemakhos without a father figure since he was an infant. He grew up a mommy's boy not knowing his role in the kingdom because Odysseus was far away.