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In the Odyssey the characters which compose of Telemachus andOdysseus differentiate in so many ways but also have similarities Theydiffer because Telemachus is so inexperienced in life while his fatherOdysseus has plenty Another way they differ one another is becausewhile Odysseus receives hospitality from others his son Telemachusgives it out Both Odysseus and Telemachus share the quality of beingimpatient which causes them trouble on their way home They are also thesame because of how bold they are in situations they get into Bothsimilarities and differences that they share will lead to the downfallof the suitorsThe first difference I notice in Odysseus and Telemachus is their lifeexperience Telemachus age reflects on how others treat him Telemachusgets the towns attention by saying this No these men spend theirdays around our house killing our beeves and sheep and fatted goatscarousing soaking up our good dark wine not caring what they doBook II 59-62 This part of the book really expresses the pathosbecause Telemachus tried to get sympathy from the crowd so they couldstand up to the suitors but failed miserably Odysseus on the other handhas plenty of experience when it comes to handling certain type ofsituations Hes well known by many and well respected When Odysseuslanded on Kalypsos island he got into a situation in which hisexperience paid off The goddess Kalypso basically told Odysseus whysettle for a mortal when you can be immortal and stay with her foreverOdysseus answered My lady goddess here is no cause for anger Myquiet Penelope - how well I know - would seem a shade before yourmajesty Book V 223-226 Knowing that Odysseus could be sentencedto death if he incorrectly answered the question He told the goddessKalypso that she should not not be mad because Penelope could notcompare to a goddess like herself These are just some differences inlife experience between both father and sonAnother difference I discovered between Odysseus and Telemachus is traitof hospitality Telemachus knows that being hospitable
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