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Owen 1 Susannah Owen Mrs. White Rhetoric and Composition 1: Titans 9 November 2020 The Telemachia: The Anticipatory Books The Odyssey is an epic poem that tells the story of Odysseus' quest to return home and portrays Telemachus' coming of age as he searches for himself and discovers his father's whereabouts. Telemachus meets the goddess Athena, disguised as Odysseus' old friend, who predicts that Odysseus still lives and will soon return to Ithaca. Athena's prediction rallies Telemachus' confidence and encourages him to find his father. Telemachus gathers an assembly of the island's leaders and gives a fervent speech in which he protests the suitors' invasion of his home and rebukes them for taking what isn't rightfully theirs. Though Telemachus speaks well, the suitors are not intimidated by his words, and the meeting ends. Telemachus then sets sail for Pylos, where he approaches Nestor, the city's king, and asks him about Odysseus. Nestor does not reveal any new information about Odysseus but expresses his hope that Telemachus will defend his father and earn the fame that Orestes, son of Agamemnon, won in defense of his father. Telemachus then travels to Sparta, where King Menelaus and Queen Helen tell him that Odysseus is still alive but imprisoned by Calypso on her island. The Telemachia builds anticipation for Odysseus' return by introducing a tumultuous setting inhabited by characters who face problems caused by Odysseus's absence while commending Odysseus's reputation. Ithaca's instability emphasizes the necessity of Odysseus's return. Suitors who aspire to marry Queen Penelope plague Odysseus' estate. They "feed on another's goods and go

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