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From the book of Odysseus why does Telemachus and his mother need Odysseus?

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They need his strategic planning, his thirst for revenge, his patience, his ability to string his bow, and help from the god Athena to defeat the suitors.

Penelope has tried to trick the suitors with her cunning.  She has kept them at bay by weaving the shroud.  Her cunning is impressive, but the suitors are wise to it.  She has bought time, but her plan cannot make them go away.

Telemachus is too impetuous and brash to defeat the suitors alone.  They will kill him easily.  He cannot string...

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