Development of telemachus in the Odyssey

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Joseph AsanDr. RosieneCivilization 109/28/2014The development of the character Telemachus in the OdysseyTelemachus does not know his father when Odyssey begins as he was an infant when his father left for Troy. As a maturing man, he is dedicated several books to the study of his father and is entirely devoted to his mother and to maintaining his father's estate. He, however, is uncertain on how to shield his mother and property from the suitors whose actual intentions he discovered recently. A meeting with Athena was turnings point for him as she taught him the ways of a young Greek prince. After the encounter with Athena, he becomes more responsible, assertive and courageous and able to confront the suitors on their intentions and abuse of his estate. At only 21 years of age, Telemachus initially tries to assert himself by bringing together Ithaca's leaders to protest the activities of the suitors. At the meeting, he speaks well and many elders are impressed. Despite this, Antinous and Eurymachus who are the leading suitors neither show neither him nor his mother respect. Due to this, little was accomplished by the meeting. Athena, being perceptive as always, senses danger a

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