Journey of a King: Odysseus

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The Journey of a King
In Homer's epic poem, "The Odyssey", Telemachus and Odysseus set out on their own journeys to become men; as a result, they become patient, brave, and honorable men. Odysseus has bravery, which makes him a good king, but fools can be brave too, so how is Odysseus any better than a fool? This is why he goes out in search of honor and patience. Telemachus has the patience, but he is not brave enough to stand up to the suitors and to gain respect from them. Therefore Telemachus goes out in search of bravery and honor. Any one of these traits, patience, bravery, and honor, are all fine and good, but when one has all three, it makes for a great king. Telemachus can not and will not face the suitors to take his rightful place as the king of Ithaca. In fact, he is wishing for his father to come home and redeem Ithaca. "He could almost see his magnificent father, here...in the mind's eye–if only he might drop from the clouds and drive these suitors all in a rout throughout the halls and regain his pride of place and rule his own domains!" (Homer, ch. 1). Meanwhile, Odysseus is stuck on Calypso's island, moping around on the beach and crying for his family (Homer, ch. 5), but his need of humbleness comes long before this point in time. In the Cyclopes cave, Odysseus plays a great trick on Polyphemus by telling him that his name is "Nobody". He could have gotten away scot-free if he had not proclaimed his real name to be Odysseus to the son of Poseidon as he is sails away on the sea (Homer, ch. 9). Now Poseidon, a god who rules the seas and oceans, is holding a good grudge on him, and he is not even sailing in the right direction (map of Odysseus' Heroic Journey in Mrs. Lobello's study packet). For the sake of Ithaca, Odysseus better not teach Telemachus his ways of pride. What Telemachus naturally has that Odysseus does not have is patience. How many times has one seen Odysseus willingly fall asleep for the night? The answer is none because...
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