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Early in the Odyssey we see Telemakhos as a rash untrained boy He clearly is not Odysseus equal as a host leader or fighter However as the book goes on we see Telemakhos become more and more like his father in every respect as he is taught and guided by some of the best examples he could have Athena Nestor and Menelaos By the end of the fight with the suitors we see him in a new light he has matured from the youth we saw to the man he should be Telemakhos tries to emulate his father to the best of his ability striving to be a good host as he did with Mentor He succeeds more than we expect him to for though he has had very bad examples to look up to for the last four years he has heard about and dreamed of his father constantly It is as if Odysseus did raise his son in some ways through dreams and stories perhaps doing an even better job that way than he could have in person In dreams and stories more often than not the one who is fantasized about can do no wrong and is the perfect icon to look up to In person you can see how flawed the person really is lowering your opinion and ideals Telemakhos is forced to mature at an astounding rate traveling far from home and risking his life to learn of his father His trip teaches him more than he could ever have learned staying at home with the suitors From Nestor and Menelaos he learns both courage and bravery how to be both a man and a host His understanding of how the world works evolves from abstract ideas to pure ideals under their guidance He learns that he must fight against what the suitors represent to take his place and not let them take it Nestor and Menelaos guide Telemakhos with
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