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The Odyssey though named for the great warrior and story focus Odysseus cannot be soley regarded as a single mans journey The growth in intellect maturity and strength the Odysseus undergoes is reflected distinctly in his son Telemachus In the first books other characters continue to treat him much as a child and in many respects Telemachus still acts like one The first few books illustrate the relationship between Telemachus and his father a father he has barely known When Odysseus left his wife and child Telemachus was still an infant For his want of a father Athena acts as a mentor to him particularly when she gives him the courage to journey from his home in search of his father Had he not the courage here he could not have stood against the suitors wills in the final booksTelemachuss emotional growth is key to the paralleling storylines When Menelaus mentions his father the young Telemachus breaks down in tears betraying his immaturity However the pride he feels leaving Sparta hints at the courage he shows in later books aiding Odysseus against the suitors Odysseus faces a similar situation He like Telemachus worries about his family Penelope in particular and kingdom possibly triggered by Proteus mention of Agamemnon who was killed by his own wife The titular hero of this epic romance laments his seeming fate and the deaths of his crew but continues with the courage and hope of reaching home It seems that Odysseus learns little unlike Telemachus but not by any fault of his own I think He may simply be the epitome of Greek standards clever and noble as he often is and actually has little room to grow For Telemachus the goals he sets reflect the maturity he gains to reach a level of adulthood and to stand by his fathers side to protect his family and kingdom and most importantly to be respected as a man At the storys
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