Legacy

1.2 Hours: Thursday, October 12, (11:10- 12:30 pm) — Class Period
1 Hour: Thursday, September 21 (2:00- 2:30 pm) — Journal and Reflection 
* I did this writing in the space between Blackburn and Locke. The weather was pretty cold but in the sunlight it felt really nice.*

In class we discussed the idea of mythology and one of the pieces that was interesting for me was the concept that there is no such thing as a living hero, that the spirit of a hero is instilled in the community, or in someone rather than someone viable and living being seen as a hero. I think this concept shows true when thinking of Odysseus, and even the position that his absence placed his immediate family in.

Where Odysseus has the full intent of returning back to his kingdom, there might be a different behavior in his absence and that is what makes the difference in the receptiveness of his spirit as a hero or leader. Knowing that as a true hero, his ideologies are living on gives a certain ease because its a reassurance that he’s done right by his people. I think its interesting that even with the apprehensions, Telemachus and Penelope — who ultimately have been the most impacted — still have a sense of optimism about Odysseus’ return; his son’s “activation,” Penelope’s discomfort with finding a new husband, gives hope to the idea that Odysseus’ legacy remains intact and alive in the hearts of those that were then willing to project it. Even the fact that Athena is too eager to

the eagerness of the suitor’s to help bring Odysseus home — even the influence of the gods and goddesses (Athena). The point of knowing one’s impact doesn’t necessarily have the heaviest weight when it comes to being a leader but the reassurance of their impact as a leader and their impact on the people that surround them.

1.5 Hours: Friday, October 13, (3:00pm- 4:30pm) — Journal and Reflection

Describe in as much detail as you can the components of Telemachus’ maturation in the first two books of the Odyssey.

From the beginning of the book Telemachus initially was very naive and complacent with letting things occur around him; in regards to the council’s position on his father’s absence, the suitor’s abuse of the king’s resources and especially involving his mother’s position in upholding Odysseus’s legacy. Eventually with the guidance of Athena, and the involuntary opinions of his mother’s admirer’s truly gave him the spark that he needed to evolve into the proactive prince that he’s encouraged to become. When seeing his evolution into the pronounced leader that is shown in the beginning of Book 2, it’s very liable to believe that not only is Telemachus maturing in nature, but he is also becoming in essence a leader of Ithica.

“Godlike Telemachus was first by far to see her, for he sat among the suitors, dear heart grieving, seeing in his mind his good father, in hope he’d come from somewhere, make a scattering of the suitors throughout the house, and himself have honor and rule over his possessions…” (Book 1, Line 113)

The first piece of the new Telemachus is that he began to take more initiative outside of his stable position as prince. In the above quote, it’s important to note that he didn’t have the same incentive to take a proactive role for himself rather he saw aid in Athena, and resided in that level of comfort. I think his evolution from that moment of direction came about in the latter half of Book 1 when he had a “coming of age” moment. He began to realize that if anything was going to be done in his father’s absence it had to be him to do it. I think that ultimately, Telemachus’ presence in Book 1 was evolutionary, as he visibly made the transition from a meek boy to a mindful leader. He not only was aware of his position but the required maturation; it showed a visibility of people around him and the ability to foresee responsibilities.

I personally think another component that highlighted Telemachus’ maturation was his presence, and the way in which he carried himself. It exuded a more confident person, which gives reason to believe that he’s actually taking ownership of the responsibilities that he now possesses.

Where he has the full intent of returning back to his kingdom with his dedicated suitors, there might be a different behavior in his absence and that is what makes the difference in his receptiveness. I think the fact that people were so stagnant in his absence does truly show his presence as a leader. There is a certain ease that I think a real leader has, especially when they’ve done right by their people. I think its interesting that even with the apprehensions, there was still a pull for being optimistic about Odysseus’ return; his son’s “activation,” Penelope’s discomfort with finding a new husband, the eagerness of the suitor’s to help bring Odysseus home — even the influence of the gods and goddesses (Athena). The point of knowing one’s impact doesn’t necessarily have the heaviest weight when it comes to being a leader but its a reassurance to their impact as a leader and their impact on the people that surround them.

  • I also appreciate Athena for showing Telemachus his own diction, because otherwise, there would have been no one to make him into the man he needed to become.
You must not in any way indulge in childish ways, since you’re no longer of an age for that. (Book 1, Line 296)

Telemachus’ also blossomed in the sense that he became more independent in the decisions that he made on behalf of his estate and more importantly, his father and mother. I think where he initially let things run it’s course, the change in his mentality gave him reason to see that he was the only pure option to restoring Ithica to what it was, when Odysseus was in rule. — not to say that everything was perfect but there was orderly, Grecian law.

I think the fact that people were so stagnant in his absence does truly show his presence as a leader.

2 Hours: Friday, October 13, (8:00- 10:00pm) — Read Book 3- 5 in Odyssey

How would you describe the relationship between Menelaus and Helen after returning from the Trojan War? Are they in love? Are they close to one another?How does Calypso compare to the other goddesses in the Iliad or Athena in the Odyssey? What are her motives? How does she influence the plot of the Odyssey?

1.5 Hours: Sunday, October 15, (4:00pm- 5:30pm) — Read Book 6 in Odyssey 1.2 Hours: Tuesday, October 17, (11:10- 12:30) — Class Period

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