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Telemakhos son of Odysseus played a very important role in the Odyssey Though he was only involved in two main parts of the story he played an important role helping Odysseus regain dominance in Ithaca His role in the beginning was less significant because character development took awhile of himself Telemakhos goes through a huge character change during the book At the beginning of the epic poem he is a shy very hesitant and unconfident At the end he is self-confident and aggressive This occurs with the help of Athena The Odyssey began in Ithaca where a group of suitors were harassing Telemakhoss mom Penelope His father was gone and he was placed in this situation all by himself He sat in a corner avoiding the situation like a cat avoids a dog He was in a depressed state because he felt powerless He realized the suitors were doing bad things but he didnt know how to stand up to them At first it seemed as though nothing could have gotten him out this mess but then the Goddess Athena disguised as Mentes a friend of his fathers rallied him out of this position It is possible that the main reason why a god such as Athena was needed to help him was that Telemakhos had little male influence in his life With his father off to war he was pressured to live up to the strong reputation of Odysseus but he didnt have his father there to help him He eventually became more courageous This was demonstrated at two main points in the book when Telemakhos gained confidence and took action In these situations Telemakhos stood up to his mother and the suitors His mother Penelope was in a state of misery because her husband was gone and suitors were constantly bugging her Then she heard the minstrel sing tales of Troy and this brought her to tears Telemakhos immediately is unsympathetic to her
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