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Quest for Pride Pride is a central theme throughout many epics and novels For any heroic character to succeed in their quest they must have a strong sense of inner pride In many cases the hero does not already have that pride but obtains it through the obstacles set before them If pride is not obtained the hero will fail In the epic The Odyssey Odysseus has already obtained his sense of inner pride Therefore the quest for inner pride is seen through Telemachos In the beginning of The Odyssey we find Telemachos is living in the shadow of his father He has a proud history but no pride to draw upon for himself The suitors are able to walk all over him and bring shame to his fathers dwellings because Telemachos although he wishes he was stronger does not believe in himself It is not until the goddess Athene disguised as commoner plants the seed in his mind that if truly is the son of Odysseus that he will be able to find a way to kill all the suitors for disgracing him and his family next you must consider in your hear an spirit by some means by which you can kill the suitors who are in your household by treachery or open attack You should not go on clinging to your childhood You are no longer of age to do that Or have you not heard what glory was won by great Orestes among all mankind when he killed the murderer of his father pg34 line294 Stratton 2 Athene gives Telemachos an example of what he must do when she gives him the example of Orestes It is now that he must stand up and stop living in his childhood and become his own man discover his own pride Through Telemachos voyages the sense that the gods
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