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Literature Essay Telemakhos VoyageIn the epic the Odyssey Homer explores a variety of different themes that are prevalent in antiquity Such themes include the treatment of strangers hospitality heroism and honor Homer uses the character Telemakhos the son of the main character Odysseus to help convey the themes of the story From the beginning when Telemakhos goes out to seek for his father and after he helps his father defeat the suitors we witness the changes in his character as we see him grow and mature His character is shown to be an example hospitality while he proves himself to be hero like his father and claims his family honor Hospitality is a very important tradition in antiquity We can see in the Odyssey that Telemakhos displays many examples of hospitality towards strangers For example Telemakhos greets Athena who appears as a beggar in this manner Greetings stranger Welcome to our feast There will be time to tell your errand later I151-152 He says warmly to Athena Telemakhos greets the stranger and cordially invites him to the feast without question In the Odyssey Telemakhos is the epitome of hospitality The reader knows that the stranger that Telemakhos invites is actually Athena in disguise to assist Telemakhos in his journey This reinforces the theme of hospitality because in Greek myth gods and goddesses often pose as strangers and beggars to test the peoples generosity Thus people were inclined to treat others with hospitality Those who treat others with generosity are often rewarded such as Telemakhos who is awarded with knowledge of his father and assistance from Athena Likewise those who lack this trait are often punished by the gods Take for example the suitors who compared to Telemakhos are the opposite of everything hospitality stands for The suitors according to Telemakhos are intruders He describes the suitors in his speech My house and my good estates are being ruined Each day my mothers bullying suitors
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