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From that which I have learned and can infer the character of Telemachus is one which to date is attributed with great controversy concerning the societal definitions of maturity In Homers Odyssey Telemachus almost on the borderline of cracking up The first sections other characters are still treating him much like a child and in many respects Telemachus still acts like one The relationship between Telemachus and his father are shown in the first few books When the time Odysseus left his wife and Telemachus Telemachus was still an infant But after he grew up Athena acts as a mentor to him to search his father In the case of Telemachus his emotions shaped his well being For example had it not been for Athena giving him confidence by no means would he ever have thought of taking such a voyage hence Telemachus would have never participated in his final test against the suitors either His sorrow and anger from the loss of his father and his mother constantly being attacked and proposed to by suitors were also driving forces towards his journey Some of these are brought out in different situations both positive and negative such as Menalauss mention of his father which caused a sudden out-burst of tears and the proud and accomplished feeling he received from leaving Sparta Odysseuss situation was only slightly different He like Telemachus had his worries about family-life and his kingdom at stake but also had concerns about his wife possibly triggered by the mention of Agamemnons by Proteus who was killed by the hands of his own wife These factors probably had taken their toll on Odysseus At the same time he had the wrath of Poseidon to contend with Another factor which could have also lead to this distress could have been his visit to the underworld and in his entire journey losing friends and comrades regularly For Telemachus as well his goal was to
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