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The wise old man is a person who provides wisdom guidance and knowledge to people that are generally younger than themself This person also acts as a father figure or a mentor to the person that they are providing their wisdom to He is always around when his students do not know what to do and needs guidance or needs advice A wise old man sees life in a larger spectrum than their student does and can therefore guide them towards the correct decision to make A wise old man also sometimes seems to lose track of their surroundings because they are so caught up in their thoughts Throughout centuries the wise old man has remained timeless sharing his vast insight of the world as heroes will always aspire a guiding light Greek mythology used the wise old man archetype in the story of Mentor Mentor was the son of Alcumus and friend of Odysseus When Odysseus had gone to fight in the Trojan War Mentor was asked to take care of his son Telemachus and Odysseus palace Mentor took care of Telemachus like he was his own son Mentor taught Telemachus almost everything that he knew There was one period of time in which Mentor had left Telemachus alone and had to go out on a trip for a few days During this time Athena came to visit Telemachus but she took the form of Mentor to hide herself from the suitors of Telemachus mother Penelope Eventually the suitors began to realize that the person who they thought was Mentor was acting a little strange Athena noticed that they began to treat her differently and left the palace in the form of a swallow Mentor had returned and Telemachus never knew the difference because the suitors never told him about Athena taking the form of Mentor Because of Mentors relationship with Telemachus the personal name Mentor has been adopted in English
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