Telemachos has not seen his father since he was just a baby. He has had to grow up and live the first Twenty years of his life with out a father. Through these years Telemachos grows and develops a lot but I think the most growing when he begins to look for Odysseus.
The first four books of The Odyssey are all about Telemachos and him figuring out hat he is going to go out and look for his father. He has many dangers because there are 120 or so suitors at his house looking for his mother’s (Penelope) hand in marriage. They disrespect the rules of hospitality, eat his family’s cattle, and drink all of his wine. The suitors have begun to come up with a plot to kill Telemachos because they believe that he is in the way of marrying his mother. The leader of the suitors Antinoos concocts this conspiracy; he is the most manipulative of them all. At the beginning of book one, Telemachos is being taken advantage of and is very passive. But he finally takes a stand when he tells the suitors that they must leave after the next day’s assembly. Not only is Telemachos growing from confronting Antinoos, but also he is growing from calling the assembly. In this part of the book he takes responsibility and leadership roles that he has never done before. He has always been in the shadow of his mother and fallowed her lead, but now he is beginning to break away from that. By doing thins he is becoming more of his own person.
In books two and three Telemachos matures by separating himself from his mother. He scolds her when she becomes upset. This separation shows him becoming more of a leader figure in the house. He is now doing what he wants to, even though she wants him to stay with her because she thinks that is...
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...tive outlook on things, he shows his emotional strength to handle things in an adult manner.
If Odysseus were to come home in books 1-4 they would find Telemachos to be completely different then the type of person he would be when he actually does return home. Telemachos and Odysseus return home roughly around the same time and they both stay at the Swineheards house. This shows a likness between them. Odysseus tests his son by offering his son a seat. Telemachos declines and odysseus is impressed by the maturity that he has. Telamachos’s ability to grow and mature through this whole book on his own is really a self-achievement. And he matures even more when he fights along side his father. I think this is the final stage of him becoming a man. This is because he is no longer timid, he can be supported by himself, and he no longer is in the shadow of his mother.
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