‘Why, my mother, do you begrudge this excellent singer
his pleasing himself as the thought drives him? It is not the singers
who are to blame, it must be Zeus is to blame, who gives out
to men who eat bread, to each and all, the way he wills it,
There is nothing wrong in his singing the sad return of the Danaans.
People, surely, always give more applause to that song
which is the latest to circulate among the listeners.
So let your heart and let your spirit be hardened to listen.
Odysseus is not the only one who lost his homecoming
day at Troy. There were many others who perished, besides him.
Go therefore back in the house, and take up your own work,
the loom and the distaff, and see to it that your handmaidens
ply their work also; but the men must see to discussion,
all men, but I most of all. For mine is the power in this household.
: That we are not special, Penelope should not tell the singer, Phemios, to stop singing about Troy. There
family wasn’t the only family affected by it, many other people died at Troy, not just Odysseus. Deal with it.
in the house of Odysseus and Telemachos and Penelope. The suitors and Telemachos are gathered dining
and listening to Phemios
Book One, early in the story. Point in time where Telemachos doesn’t want to be king, he just wants the
suitors gone out of his house. Right after Athene in the form of Mentes comes to visit and leaves courage and
determination with him and gives him the idea to call an assembly and go visit Nestor and Menelaos.
: because he wants to show his maturity, he is saying he’s not special. He wants the suitors out. They are
wasting away his inheritance and he wants to assert himself to some degree. Asserting his authority over the house
We see Telemakhos mature from a callow, helpless youth into a stronger, more confident man. Just as Odysseus'
story is about returning home to his old identity, Telemakhos' is about forging a new one; as Athena tells him, "you
are a child no longer" (344).
Telemachus speaks in very mature terms, and starts to direct his mother, and he also makes an
announcement intended to rid his house of the gluttonous suitors. He warns the suitors that he will use
violence if they do not leave of their own accord.
The purpose of Book 1 is evident in the conversation between Telemakhos and Athena. When he sounds wistful,
wanting a father, her response is, "You are a child no longer." His problems aren't going to solve themselves. He
must act. He should call an assembly to try to get help in Ithaka. He should also set out with a ship and crew to learn
about the world and find news of his father.
Telemakhos could tell Athena to mind her own business. He could refuse to take any adult actions. But Athena is
really an embodiment of his own good sense. He rises to the challenge and even realizes that a god has spoken to
We now get our first glimpse of Penelope, who, when the bard, Phemios, sings of Troy, cannot bear to hear the