Telemachus has changed from a scared little boy to a brave man throughout the beginning of the book. At first, he was not sure Odysseus was his father, he was afraid to talk to the men in his house, and he was afraid to do something when he found out his father was alive. Then after he talked to Athena, he felt more confident about himself and he gave orders to the men, he set sail on a journey to find his father and on his journey he talked to some people who reassured him Odysseus is his father.
Telemachus is unsure if he is Odysseus’s son. When Athena is talking to him, she asks him if he is truly Odysseus’s son. He says, “Mother has always told me I’m his son, it’s true, but I am not so certain” (Homer 84). Since he has not seen Odysseus in a long time, he is not sure if he is really his father. While he is on his journey to find Odysseus, he stops in Pylos where he talks to King Nestor. After Telemachus asks him about Odysseus, he says, “I look at you and a sense of wonder takes me. Your way with words - it’s just like his – I’d swear no youngster could ever speak like you, so apt, so telling” (Homer 111). King Nestor knows Odysseus and he tells him that he reminds him of him. After Telemachus talks to him, he feels more confident that Odysseus is his father.
When Telemachus is talking with Athena, he basically tells her that he did not want to talk to the suitors that were in his house. He says, “And mother… she neither rejects a marriage she despises nor can she bear to bring the courting to an end – while they continue to bleed my household white. Soon – you wait – they’ll grind me down as well” (Homer 85). He does not say that he is scared to talk to them, but he would rather wait until they did something before he did anything. Again, after talking to Athena, he is more confident and he stands up to the men. He says, “You must leave my place! See to your feasting elsewhere, devour your own possessions, house to house by turns” (Homer 89). He...
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