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Initiatory Motifs Essay

1383 words - 6 pages

Humans are like play-dough they start off average but with the right guidance they can become what they were meant to be. Telemachus in The Odyssey by Homer, had many obstacles he had to overcome and with guidance from his mentor he followed the path to becoming who he was destined to be. Transitioning from high school to college is also a difficult journey and requires a great ordeal of time and effort put into it. Although faintly dissimilar, Telemachus’s initiation into manhood and the initiation of transforming from a high school student to a college student are dubiously alike because they both transition into confident and independent people.
Telemachus's initiation is slightly different, but quite like the initiation high schoolers go through to college. With Telemachus, he had started out as a slightly awkward, measly,shy, and powerless young adult. Originally Telemachus self doubted himself quite a lot whether it was verbal or internal thinking. “Mother has always told me I’m his son, it’s true, but I am not so certain,”Telemachus had said (The Odyssey 1.249-250). In this instance Telemachus does not seem too sure if he is even the true son of his almighty father, Odysseus. He did not know the man well and had nothing to base who he was off of so he had immense doubt in his future and who he was and who he would become. That gradually changes once Athena met him in disguise and gave him guidance. Eventually through her guidance he grew more confident and assertive. Athena gave him the instructions he needed to hear to realize what he needed to do. He went from a lowly, depressed, and self doubting young man to a more confidently glowing assertive being. Telemachus had said once meeting Nestor, “ That’s why I’ve come to plead before you now, if you can tell me about his cruel death,”( 3.102-103). Athena had really got to Telemachus and Telemachus at this point had realized nothing can come from being shy. He knew at this time that he needed to step up and take action to accomplish anything. He had a lot of work cut out for him but his mentor, Athena, did not mind. He was taken more or less willingly, by Athena, and guided into becoming a self confident and poised young man. Telemachus was taught how to become the person he was destined to be, Odysseus's son. Athena consistently made him realize and told him that he needed to grow up,mature, and become Odysseus's son. As well as becoming a proud,confident, and better overall person Telemachus had a mentor there for him, giving him the guidance he oh-so needed. Coinciding with Telemachus having a mentor is the fact that there was not very much help from his parental figures if at all any. It is not plausible for his dad, Odysseus, to be giving him help if he cannot even get home. And, with his mother, she was just too occupied trying to keep suitors at bay and was still in deep sorrow for the supposed loss of her husband. Penelope was left ignorant to her son's issues due to being...

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