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The Journey of Odysseus and TelemachosIn The Odyssey written by Homer and translated by Richard Lattimoreseveral themes are made evident conceived by the nature of the timeperiod and customs of the Greek people These molded and shaped theactual flow of events and outcomes of the poem Beliefs of thischaracteristic were represented by the sheer reverence towards the godsand the humanities the Greek society exhibited and are both deeplyrooted within the story In the intricate and well-developed plot of The Odyssey Homerharmonized several subjects One of these was the quest of Telemachostitled Telemachy in correlation with the journey of his father Inthis he is developed from a childish passive and untested boy to ayoung man preparing to stand by his fathers side This is directlyconnected to the voyage of Odysseus in that they both lead to the samefinale and are both stepping stones towards wisdom manhood andscholarship Through these voyages certain parallels are drawn concerningOdysseus and Telemachos the physical journeys the mental preparationsthey have produced and what their emotional status has resulted inThese all partake a immense role in the way the story is set up stemmingfrom the purpose of each character s journey their personal challengesand the difficulties that surround them The story commences when Odysseus a valiant hero of the Trojan warjourneys back home Together with his courageous comrades and a severalvessels he set sail for his homeland Ithaca Fated to wander for a fullten years Odysseus s ships were immediately blown to Thrace by apowerful storm The expedition had begun Upon this misfortune he and his men started a raid on the land ofthe Cicones However this only provided them with temporary success TheCicones had struck back and defeated a vast majority of Odysseus s crewThis was their first of many disastrous experiences to come Storms then blew his ships to Libya and the land of theLotus-eaters where the crew was given Lotus fruit
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