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The Odyssey In the intricate and well-developed plot of The Odyssey Homer harmonized several subjects One of these subjects was the quest of Telemachos in correlation with the journey of his father In the beginning of the epic Odysseus son Telemachos is a childish passive fearful and untested boy but in the end he has developed into a young man ready to stand by his fathers side and defend his familys loyalty and honor against the suitors Telemachos path to manhood is directly correlated to the voyage of Odysseus in that they both have similar purposes for their voyages which then leads to the same finale where both men successfully uphold the family honor and gain new wisdom about their lives and manhood Father and son begin their similarities with the purpose of their respective journeys Odysseus journey home is driven by his love for Penelope and his worries about his kingdom Telemachos is also driven to find his father because his fathers kingdom is at stake which would not be his kingdom if his mother remarried due to the piranha-like suitors and his family is losing face a loss not permitted by heroes Honor and loyalty are the most valued assets during this time in Ithaca With the suitors invading and eating up all of Odysseus wealth they have committed the biggest treason against Odysseus so therefore it is up to his son to defend his fathers name and take up his fathers role Odysseus and Telemachos had many lessons to learn about themselves before they were ready to successfully take on the suitors in their final test Odysseus had many things to overcome before he would be able to take on this responsibility Odysseus is a hero well known for his cleverness and curiosity but he is human so therefore he has flaws After injuring Polyphemus and leaving him for dead Odysseus pride and ego makes him taunt the
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