Essay title: The Odyseey
Upon being introduced to Telemachus, his innocence and youthful mind is quite obvious. Telemachus lies down hopelessly while daydreaming of his father dropping in to save everyone. He lacks the strength, courage, and confidence needed to save his own home.
After a brief visit from Mentes, an old friend of Odysseus a small change that even surprises his own mother occurs. Mentes encourages Telemachus and even manages to say that “he must not cling to his boyhood any longer.” At the very end of the first book, Telemachus declares to his mother that he holds “the reins of power in the house.” This of course surprises his mother because until that day, he had never shown any courage or will to take charge of the family in the absence of Odysseus. Simply standing up to his own mother however means very little but it does show the reader that a major change is about to occur later on. With the dawning of a new day also comes a more mature Telemachus who finally seems ready to assert his newfound manhood.
The excessive abuse in his own home by the suitors has finally caused him to take a more aggressive approach by taking action and declaring the behavior of the suitors shameful. An elder by the name of Aegyptius is the first to point out Telemachus’ maturity and the striking similarities that he now has to his own father, specifically his courage. Telemachus declares that the behavior of the suitors will not be tolerated and will go out to discover the truth of his father. After meeting King Nestor in Pylos, he hears an inspiring story that parallels his situation back in Ithaca with the suitors.