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Right And Wrong Essay

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A father as a role model is crucial in a boy’s transition into manhood. When a father guides his son from child to adult and still maintains power over his son, he succeeds. In Homer’s The Odyssey, we see how without Odysseus, Telemachus is still a childish, and how with the mentorship of Athena, who is disguised as a man, he is able to resemble his father and not overpower him. Similarly in Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, Holden is very childish as he has no role model to follow. Holden seeks them out although, they give him irrelevant advice for his voyage to adulthood. However, because Holden is having trouble finding viable advice, he is negatively influenced by the movies. The reader ...view middle of the document...

132-133). When Athena says “First by far to see her was Prince Telemachus” she establishes Telemachus’s potential for power, because she identifies him as “Prince” and not as anything less. Also, this is showing how although he still has power he is under the King, his father, Odysseus. Also, when she mentions, “his heart filled with grief” she is establishing he is still vulnerable and sad which is an emotion commonly shown by children and never by a “true man”. After Telemachus welcomes the disguised Athena in they start a dialogue and Telemachus is given extremely valuable advice, for his switch to adulthood. Telemachus deeply values the advice he receives as he has no other source for mentorship due to his fathers absence and says, “indeed I will./ You’ve counseled me with so much kindness now/ like a father to a son” (87.352-354). Telemachus sees how kind Athena is in comparison to the suitors and compares the kindness like “a father to a son”. Telemachus is striving for a father-son relationship and is finally finding one with a mentor. As Telemachus appears very weak he is actually just a boy on his journey onto manhood.
Athena sees the potential in Telemachus to become a hero and to do so he must become an adult as quickly as possible. After Athena tells Telemachus his father is alive, she insists in his coming of age, she says, “You must not cling to your boyhood any longer—/ it’s time you were a man” (87.341-342). Here Athena is saying that Telemachus must grow up as there is no value left in Telemachus remaining a boy and that he is worthless in the sate of remaining a boy. She makes it apparent to him that he is very old to be acting as he is and he needs to grow up in order to save his father and become Ithaca’s hero. Although Telemachus must leave his comfort of boyhood, he comes to the realization of manhood and decides to prepare himself to become a man and save his father.
As Telemachus leaps from boy to man he appears to look much more like his father, Odysseus, and is ready to rule over Ithaca under father. Athena observes, “Athena lavished a marvelous splendor on the prince so the people all gazed in wonder as he came forward, the elders making way as he took his father’s seat” (93.12-15). Here we see how much progress Telemachus has made solely with his confidence. Before he had no power, but now he is getting respect from the “elders” who are most likely older and wouldn’t respect him unless they truly have reasons to. In addition, Athena depicts him as he takes “his father’s seat” showing how he is now equal to his father, the king. Another moment highlighting the progress Telemachus has made is when Athena says, “You’re truly Odysseus’ son? Uncanny resemblance…you’ve sprung up so! The head the fine eyes— I see him now” (84.240-243). As Athena clearly tells us, he already looks like Odysseus, the king, now all he has to do is act like he is “truly Odysseus’ son”. Moreover, Athena draws the picture of how Telemachus...

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