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In "The Odyssey", why does Odysseus ask Telemakhos to hide weapons in the upper room?

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Odysseus’s homecoming is in stealth. He comes disguised as a beggar, and true to his character, he is thinking strategically. So, when he reveals himself to his son, Telemachus, they begin to plot together. Since they are only two in number with only a few others who are loyal against a large number of suitors and opponents, they need to make stealth and strategy their main weapons. So, in book 19 when the weapons are moved to the upper room, it is all a part of Odysseus’s plan.

The important point to keep in mind is that the weapons are the suitors’ weapons. Odysseus does this because he is planning their downfall. He also tells Eurykleia to shut the women’s door so that they won’t be suspicious. Athena helps them as they begin to transport the weapons. She conveniently lights the way for them.

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So goodly Odysseus was left behind in the hall, planning with Athena's aid the slaying of the wooers, and he straightway spoke winged words to Telemachus: “Telemachus, the weapons of war thou must needs lay away within one and all, and when the wooers miss them and question thee, thou must beguile them with gentle words, saying: `Out of the smoke have I laid them, since they are no longer like those which of old Odysseus left behind him, when he went forth to Troy, but are all befouled, so far as the breath of fire has reached them.'"

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Odysseus and Telemachus move the weapons so that later they will have easy access to them when they fight against the suitors.

In book 19 Telemachus and Odysseus move the weapons and armor from the great room and hide them in the upper chamber. In book 22, when Odysseus reveals himself to the suitors, he gives Telemachus a signal to retrieve the weapons and armor from the upper chamber. Together, they fight and a kill the suitors who have taken control of Odysseus' house.

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because they dont want the suitors to have access to the weapons during the battle at the great halls so only Odysseus and his allies have weapons. Telemakhos however tells the maids that he doesnt want the suitors to start fighting between eachother since they were always drunk or because of Penelope (Telemakhos' excuse)