The Relationship Between Mentor And Telemachus

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Relationship between Mentor and Telemachus At some point in their life, many people experience a feeling of inadequacy or uncertainty. In “The Odyssey” by Homer, one of the main characters Telemachus experiences both of these feelings. He feels that he is not good enough, especially compared to his father, Odysseus, who many people refer to as a great leader. In the beginning of “The Odyssey”, Telemachus’ home has been taken over by suitors, each with the goal of winning over his mother in hopes to marry her and become king. Telemachus is not fond of these men in his home, but does not have the confidence to get rid of them. Lastly, at this point in the story, Odysseus, Telemachus’ father, has been gone for approximately twenty years,…show more content…
(Homer Odyssey, 2. 295-299) This is a reference to earlier in the book, when Athena visits Telemachus as Mentes and tells him to go look for his father. Telemachus’ prayer is asking for assistance in how to initiate this journey. Very early in the book, Telemachus is portrayed as a helpless, immature child. He just allows the suitors to take over his father’s estate. After Athena visits him the first time, Telemachus calls an assembly and tells the suitors to leave, but the suitors do not listen. Telemachus’ confidence level seemed to increase greatly in order to complete this task, but seems defeated after, which would explain why he prayed to Pallas for help. This prayer is directly responded to by Athena, once again visiting Telemachus in disguise, but this time as Mentor. Athena reassures him, saying that he’ll “lack neither courage nor sense from this day on” (2.270). Athena also reminds him just what kind of people the suitors are, explaining, “They’re madmen. Not a shred of sense of decency in the crowd (2.314). This provides Telemachus with newly discovered sense of courage. So much, that he is able to return to his home, appear before the suitors, and speak to their leader,
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