The Odyssey

The Odyssey 3

book 16- why does odysseus reveal his identity to telemakhos?

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When father and son reunite in Eumaeus' hut, the audience is in a privileged position, in that we know who Odysseus is while neither Eumaeus nor Telemachus does. This privileged position continues once Odysseus reveals himself to Telemachus, since they will continue to obscure his identity as they try to overtake the suitors.