Why does Athena help Telemachus find his father and give him confidence in Books 1 and 2 of the Odyssey?
Athena comes to Telemachus because she is trying to get Odysseus home. Odysseus has been blocked for seven years from returning to his homeland by Poseidon, who hates him and has kept him trapped on the island of Ogyia.
Athena appeals to a council of gods to help her, and Zeus sides with her. This is a good time for her to appeal to Telemachus to seek his father, for Zeus is now on their side. Athena wants Odysseus to get all the help he can to complete his journey.
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