Odysseus is on a journey homeward. His son, Telemachus is also on a journey-to manhood. How does Telemachus' journey parallel that of Odysseus? Please help Thank you so much !! And if possible put...

Odysseus is on a journey homeward. His son, Telemachus is also on a journey-to manhood. How does Telemachus' journey parallel that of Odysseus?

Please help Thank you so much !!

And if possible put which book of the Odysseus indicate these questions!

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In Homer's Odyssey, Telemachus' quest to discover news about his father parallels (in some basic ways) his father's journey home from Troy. As the question notes, though, Telemachus' journey is sort of an introduction to manhood, whereas his father's journey is an attempt to recover his identity as the king of Ithaca.

Both Telemachus and his father are assisted by the goddess Athena on their respective journies. In Odyssey I, Athena tells Telemachus: "I will give you good advice, if you will hear me. Man the best ship you have with twenty oarsmen, go and seek news of your absent father" (Kline translation).

Both Telemachus and Odysseus travel to different lands on their respective quests. In Odyssey 3, Telemachus visits Odysseus' old war comrade Nestor, while in Odyssey 4, Telemachus goes to Sparta to visit another of Odysseus' war comrades, Menelaus. Unlike his father, though, Telemachus' hosts are quite hospitable and observant of law (contrast Odysseus and the Cyclops in Odyssey 9).

As a result of their journies, Telemachus and Odysseus both receive some valuable gifts from their hosts. In Odyssey 4, Telemachus receives gifts from Menelaus and Helen, whereas in Odyssey 13, Odysseus gets lots of gifts from the Phaeacians.

Ultimately, both Telemachus and Odysseus avoid death on the way back to Ithaca. Telemachus manages to avoid the Suitors of his mother Penelope (the Suitors plan to murder Telemachus upon his return to Ithaca). Odysseus avoids numerous obstacles on his return voyage and ultimately kills the Suitors upon his return.

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In the Odyssey Telemachus journey's into manhood as Odysseus travel homeward. These are parallel points because after all the torturous occurrences that are placed upon Odysseus to overcome Telemachus to has his own battle. Odysseus's wife is being bombarded by bachelors so, Telemachus wants to defend his father's home. Once Odysseus reaches the shores of Ithaca both him and his son have reached a state of wise manhood.

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