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Telemachus And Penelope Essay, Research Paper The disagreement between Telemachus and Penelope arises from differing opinions on the entertainment of Phemius. Phemius is singing the tale of the Greek

Telemachus And Penelope Essay, Research Paper

The disagreement between Telemachus and Penelope arises from differing opinions

on the entertainment of Phemius. Phemius is singing the tale of the Greek

warriors of Troy and their homecomings when Penelope descends from her chambers

to protest this choice of music. She scolds him, and orders him to stop because

he has reminded her of Odysseus, who?s long lost at sea. Telemachus rebukes

his mother by protesting that the bard has the right to sing anything he wishes.

He then sends his mother off to her chambers, declaring that he is the master of

the house. This clash between Penelope and Telemachus was caused by both.

Penelope?s fault was that she did not stop to consider Telemachus? feelings

on the subject. She is so engrossed in her own pain for her lost love that she

is blind to the problems of her son. She does not see his insecurities on his

past and especially his future, or his lack of confidence in himself. Most of

all, she is ignorant to his inner struggle between love and hate for Odysseus.

She does not realize his need to learn of his legacy, she only sees her grief

and her pain. . She is very detached from the world, and focuses on her grief

and pain. Because she is so preoccupied with her own problems, she has neglected

her duties as a mother. She, in her distress, has pushed her son away from her.

This disagreement over Phemius only shows the deep chasm that has come between

them. As for Telemachus, he makes the same mistakes as his mother in that he

refuses to see her side of the issue. He, too, is deeply engrossed in his

problems that he does not see the deep extent of his mother?s pain. Him

ordering her to leave is a sign that he believes her feelings to be almost

inconsequential compared to his. His eagerness to learn of Odysseus? great

deeds seems to overshadow the sadness his mother feels. The tales of the Trojan

War are the only way in which he can come to know his father, who he does not

remember, since Penelope obviously avoids the topic entirely. He needs to know

his legacy. Most importantly, he is searching for a way to justify his

father?s absence, and to justify why he has left Ithaca in such a state of

disorder. However, his quest for his legacy was not the only reason he had for

defending Phemius. It was also caused by his resentment towards his mother for

having known his father and not telling him about him. He feels that his mother

has prevented him from gaining an understanding of his heritage. This

disagreement over Phemius was a window to the anger that Telemachus had towards

his mother for not familiarizing him with the legacy of his father. Another

reason Telemachus was so quick to rebuke Penelope was his deep desire to exert

his power and his dominance, his rightful dominance over the household. By

ordering his mother to leave the hall, he is showing to the suitors that it is

he, not his mother, who has more power. When he declares that he is master of

the house, partially caused by the newfound courage distilled in him by Athena,

he is introducing a new him. This was his opportunity to establish his position

above the suitors and prepare for his announcement that he will go search for

his father. This disagreement allowed Telemachus to step into the limelight, and

express himself as a force to be reckoned with.

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