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Telemachus' Heroism in The Odyssey

Summary: Odysseus' son Telemachus in Homer's The Odyssey possesses fundamental characteristics of a hero, revealed in the process of his treacherous voyage in search of Odysseus. Homer describes such heroism through Telemachus' acts of courage, his cleverness, and his acceptance of supernatural assistance.

In books 1-4 of The Odyssey, Homer portrays Telemachus as a brave character, when the latter prepares for a treacherous and dangerous voyage in search of Odysseus. It is only after Athena's visit, that Telemachus is inspired to find his lost father, which subsequently reveals his strong personality. Homer describes Telemachus' heroism through acts of courage, cleverness, and the acceptance of supernatural assistance.

Telemachus, son of Odysseus and Penelope, establishes his courageous nature during his preparation for a life-threatening journey. Ever since his father left for the Trojan War, suitors have invaded Odysseus' estate and wasted his resources. Initially, in the book Telemachus allowed the suitors to "butcher [his] cattle, [his] sheep, [and his] fat goats" (2. 60). He is too scared to end the unkempt situation. However, during the assembly of Achaeans in Book 2, Telemachus distinctly changes his attitude toward the suitors. He lectures "And you...

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