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What is the significance of the suitors? Why do they send Telemakhos away?

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canny55 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 31, 2011 at 11:56 AM via web

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What is the significance of the suitors? Why do they send Telemakhos away?

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mikeeverett99 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

Posted July 2, 2011 at 8:27 AM (Answer #1)

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The suitors are significant because they want the hand of Penelope in marriage as they all assume that Odysseus is dead.  The suitors create dramatic and situational irony as the reader waits for Odysseus to return.  Odysseus' kingdom is up for grabs and the suitors all want it.

Telemachus' life is threatened by the suitors and so he decides to find his father, leaving his mother (Penelope) behind to rely on her cleverness.

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