Odysseus Son Telemachus In Homer's Odyssey

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The most important relationship one can have to myth is the very relationship a person has to himself. The myths we have read provide insight to what it is to be human, to be in the Greek community and how all other relationships - and one’s very life — spring from how deeply and clearly the hero “Knows Thyself.” Look at Odysseus son Telemachus in “The Odyssey”. Even he admits there is much he doubts about himself as he answers Athena as to his parentage “My mother says I am his son: for myself I do not know. Has any son of man yet been sure of his begetting?” [1], His voyage of self-discovery truly begins, before he carries out Athena’s instructions, as he readies for bed and turns inward “pondering in his heart how he should compass the journey enjoined upon him by Athena.” [2]…show more content…
O joy, to have my son and my son's son vying on the point of valour!” [4] In this myth Telemachus’ journey provides a way for him to learn his abilities, his strengths, his parentage, even where he stands among his neighbors and cities afar, but the most important lesson was learning and embracing his inner

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