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The Odyssey Report In The Odyssey Homer uses guest-host relationships asan ethical norm against which behavior is measured When the ritual is preformedcorrectly by guest-host good results ensue In contrast the violationsof this ethical norm results in misfortune This idea was taken very seriouslyby people of that time and it can be found throughout the story A great example of a guest host relationship where boththe guest and the host behave properly is the relationship between Telemachosand King Menelaos As a guest Telemachos treats his host with respect anddignity He address menelaos as my lord to give reverence to his kindnessand to be polite Telemachos is very complimentary to his host by sayingZeus must have such a place when referring to menelaos house He doesthis to let him know that he will be a good guest and that he is a propergentleman Menelaos shows that he to can be a good host and gives Telemachosfood and shelter even when there is a wedding going on He says go and takeout their horses and bring the men in to share our feast This shows thatmenelaos must be a good guest especially to give them shelter during a weddingMenelaos also does not pressure Telemachos into answering any questions beforehe eats and enjoys the festivities nor does he give any indication thathe wants Telemachos to leave He says stay here in my mansion for ten ortwelve days and then I will give you a good send off and a handsome giftthree horses and a chariot I will give you a fine chalice too that whenyou pour your drop to the immortal gods you may think of me all your daysThis statement shows that not only does he wish Telemachos to stay but thathe is a very generous man indeed Due to kindness of both men good thingsare bound to ensue For Telemachos the good outcome he receives is the accuratenews of his fathers whereabouts For Menelaos the
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