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Greek Mythology is clearly explored in Homers The Odyssey It takes the reader to a place of mythical proportions and exciting tale telling From the first four books the reader is introduced to several characters The most explored character is Odysseus son Telemachus The first four books of The Odyssey explain tales of Telemachus beginning journey to find his father The purpose of the beginning tale of Telemachus is to foreshadow the future to describe Odysseus personality to understand the history of Odysseus and how he came to be in the situation he is in Throughout the first four books the story of Orestes revenge is discussed to Telemachus in every step of his journey Before his journey was ever to begin the gods assembled and Zeus remembering the tale of Aegisthus stated Ah how shameless-the way these mortals blame the gods From us alone they say come all their miseries yes but they themselves with their own reckless ways compound their pains beyond their proper share I 78 36 This statement is given before they make plans to free Odysseus as if Zeus is preparing to hear pleads of the suitors once their prophecy is fulfilled With Nestor he too discusses the tale and glorifies the strong will of Orestes More importantly he states to Telemachus And you my friend- how tall and handsome I see you now- be brave you too so men to come will sing your praises down the years III 113226 The statement seems to suggest that Telemachus should stay just as strong when in the same situation as Orestes In following Telemachus through the first four books the readers also learn about Odysseus appearance and personality When Pallas Athena disguises herself as Mentes in King Odysseus palace to Telemachus she states Uncanny resemblance The head and the fine eyes- I see him now I 84 240 As Telemachus introduces himself to Nestor as Odysseus son and gives an explanation
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