I'm writing an essay for school on Telemachus about Homer's Odyssey. I need to figure out something to compare him to and I wanted to know if anyone can help me? You can also read what I have for...

I'm writing an essay for school on Telemachus about Homer's Odyssey. I need to figure out something to compare him to and I wanted to know if anyone can help me?

You can also read what I have for my essay so far.

Thesis: In the epic poem "The Odyssey" by Homer, translated by Robert Fitzgerald, the character that I am going to analyze is Telemachus. I’m analyzing this character because he is fearful and helpful in this epic.

         Telemachus is fearful because he ran to get armor from a room to make sure his father wasn’t going to get hurt in any way. On page 123, it states “then lord Odysseus appeared-and his son was thunderstruck”.

         Telemachus is helpful because his father (Odysseus) asked him to count up the men, and he did for his father. Telemachus also helped Odysseys by finding his home so he could continue on with his life as Penelope’s husband. Finally, Telemachus is helpful because a quote on page 889 in this story, he says to Odysseys, “father let me bring you a shield and a spear, a pair of spears, or a helmet”. This makes Telemachus helpful because he wants to make sure his father is safe and he gets to see his family again.

         In conclusion, Odysseus’s son Telemachus is a good character to analyze because he is fearful and helpful.

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The most important comparison for Telemachus in Homer's Odyssey is with his father Odysseus. Just as Odysseus goes on a long journey to the Trojan War and then returns home to Penelope, so Telemachus also goes on a journey to get news of his father. The first four books of the Odyssey, which recount the journey of Telemachus are traditionally known as the Telemachy, and represent the coming of age of Telemachus.  

At the start of his journey, Telemachus is a young man, on the threshold of adulthood, responsible for taking on the mantle of adult leadership in his household in the absence of his father, but not yet quite ready for such responsibilities. The goddess Athena, disguised as Mentor, aids him in his quest to discover news of his father and his journey towards adulthood. 

As you finish your essay, you should look at how Telemachus develops the same intelligence and bravery that characterize his father as he gains wisdom and maturity in his travels. 

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