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How successful is the "Telemacheia" as an introduction to the events of the rest of the Odyssey?

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  • Submitted: 14/11/2003
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How successful is the "Telemacheia" as an introduction to the events of the rest of the Odyssey?

The Telemacheia structurally is undoubtly made of Telemachus and his conflict with suitors, his travels and general impotence. The poet of Odyssey immediately establishes the story as ethical and theological basis for his story. Since a speech of Zeus and assembly of gods, introduces this, almost in the first lines of Odyssey and in relatively abstract language by using: "What a lamentable thing it is that men should blame the gods and regard us as the source of their troubles. When it is their own transgression..." which mainly emphasise on human responsibilities. The gods do not enter in human scene to affect the action. To put it in perspective, in earlier books, after describing the full setting, then the first speech in both assemblies is made by an important person, expressing an important issue, which in this case it would be Zeus and Telemachus. Who both are then confronted with people who may got different opinion as they are expressed themselves clearly afterwards. Yet both issues seem to be the same, about Odysseus, but how each group react to it, is

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