The Odyssey


What trouble does Telemachus have without his father

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I suppose Telemachus had his problems growing up fatherless. He had to deal with suitors constantly at his home eating his food, draining his inheritance, and waiting to woo his mother. That’s enough to make a son pretty angry,

"If only the gods would give me such strength as he has to take revenge on the suitors for their overbearing oppression... no, the gods have spun out no such strand of prosperity for me and my father. Now we must even have to endure it." 

There is also the fact that his father did not die in battle which makes his own name rather impotent,

"I should not have sorrowed so over his dying if he had gone down among his companions in the land of the Trojans, or in the arms of his friends, after he had wound up the fighting…. " 

Being lost at sea doesn’t carry the same weight as a glorious death in battle.