The Odyssey- Telemakhos

            In Books I through VI, Homer shows Telemakhos’ slight transformation from boy to man through his actions. When we first meet him, Telmakhos is introduced as, “a boy, daydreaming.” He does indeed treat Athena, disguised as Mentes, to a culturally expected welcome as any polite boy would, but none more than that. Up to this point, he has done no more to rid of the suitors than aspire for them to leave. However with the benefit of Athena’s aid, Telemakhos is inspired to call a meeting, shadowing his father; the last meeting having been held twenty years prior. The title of Book II itself points to the maturing of Telemakhos, being headed, “A Hero’s Son Awakens.” The growing boy shows leadership by calling the meeting, as seen in Aigyptios’ small speech: “Who finds occasion for the assembly, now? … The man has vigor, I should say; more power to him.” After Telemakhos’ own speech and outburst of emotion, many men are shamed and others motivated to help the boy find news of his father. This proves his use of language is much like that of his father’s, making Telemakhos follow even farther in his footsteps. Even after his departure of Ithica, Telemakhos is easily spotted out as Odysseus’ son, which both demonstrates his potential to become a great man like his father and boosts his confidence to think so. Through the first four books, Telemakhos matures quickly due to his uplifted confidence from the positive interactions of others through his journey.