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What was the problem of Telemachus in The Odyssey?i want to know what are the problems...

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shaijn | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 15, 2009 at 7:36 PM via web

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What was the problem of Telemachus in The Odyssey?

i want to know what are the problems that Telemachus encounter while odesseus was not around.

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tthusing | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted October 16, 2009 at 6:23 AM (Answer #1)

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The largest problem that Telemachus faces in Odysseus's absence is trying to be the man of the house before he is seen to be a man.  The suitors are taking advantage of his mother's hospitality, the servants at the home, the food, and the land.  He wants to protect what is his family's and his.  He cannot, however, easily stand up to the suitors who are all seen by society as men.  They have proven themselves through wealth, bravery, and other means, whereas he is still seen as a child.

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