The Odyssey by Homer

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Why do Telemachus and his mother need Odysseus?

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Telemachus and Penelope both occupy relatively lowly positions in ancient Greek society. Although Telemachus develops considerable maturity throughout the poem, as a relatively young man he still isn't strong enough to be able to take on his mother's suitors and expel them from his father's palace. For that, he will need the assistance of Odysseus. Hence the importance of setting off on his voyage to find his long-lost father.

As a woman in Greek society, Penelope is expected to be subservient to men. She doesn't like or admire any of the suitors, but she knows that at some...

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lolodancer | Student

What was the quote from the actual book that explained this? I need some textual evidence

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boricuagurl | Student

i think its the same thing they want him so that they can get through the suiters and take all of their goods........

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