Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Odyssey

One thing that is directly linked between my big question and Homer's The Odyssey is Odysseous and Telemakos's relationship. The story begins from Telemakos' point of view, illustrating the desparity of the situation; it then moves on to Odysseous, and doesn't return to Telemakos until Odysseous returns himself. The survival of Odysseous is his son's illusion, while in the meantime it is obviously his reality. Telemakos has to have faith that his father is on his way, even though the suitors criticize him for it; it seems as though he has such blind trust it is almost fake- an illusion. However, if Telemakos lost faith in his father's return, Odysseous would not be welcome: Penelope would remarry, and Telemakos would move on with only a resentment left in the place of his missing father. His trecherous journey would have been pointless. Therefore, if his son lost his faith in the illusion of his father returning, Odysseous's reality would have been all for nothing.

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