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

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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 a different story. How gods react to this matter is more seem to be blaming Odysseus, and how gods are crossed with him as, one of them says;” That is why, ever since Polyphemuse was blinded, Poseidon the Earth-Shaker has kept Odyssey in exile.”  Which shows the gods reactions during the assembly. As in contrast, we got this reaction after Telemachus’s speech, of one of the suitors, which is: “So you’d put us into shame, would you, and fix the blame on us? You are wrong. We suitors plead “Not guilty”.” That lights up the difference of men more becoming of their own affairs and suffers more in proportion to their own mishandling of them.

In creating of Telemachus, Homer has managed a sophisticated narration. While focusing on Telemachus as the hero of this small adventure, the poet frames it with an image of suitors so as to join it immediately to the greater issue of Odyssey’s returning home. As Athene just identified him as Odyssey’s son by their striking physical similarities, so she says: “How you have grown! You certainly have his head and fine eyes…”and how Telemachus replies is;”My mother says I am his son, but of course I wouldn’t know. For no one really knows his own parentage.” Which shows his feelings towards Odyssey and his way of parentage.

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At the story’s onset, Telemachus can be seen as inactive young hero. When the challenge rises, yet, Telemachus himself rises to meet them. He tries to challenge the suitors with his divinity and though not effective. His lack of confident though didn’t make him really persuasive, as he tries to mention his dad’s name and his wishes for him. He says;” Perhaps he heard of an army’s approval and wishes to tell you as the early news…!"Which gives us an image of him being frustrate. Yet he surprised them with a great deal of his authority.

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