To some, a hero might just be a person who is courageous and brave, to others a hero might be a person that is a strong warrior and leader who wins battles; however, to some to others, a hero might be a person who uses his brain just as much as a warrior uses his sword.
When they meet for the first time, the symbols, and the character traits that they represent confluence, and the resemblance between Odysseus and Telemachus becomes complete....
However, at some occasions they fail to do so.
The uncritical acceptance of traditional developmental theories about youth, the culture and gender bound assumptions about family organisation, the neglect of structural factors such as poverty and the reluctance to view young people as social actors have all been subject to trenchant criticism. A strong body of empirical evidence has also shown that the notion of a 'generation gap' has been exaggerated and that parents remain the most significant people in the lives of many young people (Coleman and Hendry, 1999). Nevertheless, this argument retains a powerful hold on popular images of youth and is an increasingly powerful theme in current UK debates around the family, childhood and youth (Silva and Smart, 1999). It has also been translated into rationales for mentoring programmes in both the USA and the UK.
Another is Odysseus's larger-than-life, imposing stature.
The importance ofmentoring relationships in helping young people in making successful transitions to adulthood is well recognized. Reports from the USA have pointed to these relationships as promoting ‘resiliency’ or the potential of some young people to overcome adverse circumstances (Freedman, 1993). Rutter (1995) found that mentoring was one of a number of ‘steeling mechanisms’ that can foster resilience to continued crises. Jean Rhodes, has shown that 'natural' mentors who are drawn from the local neighbourhood can help young mothers in dealing with difficulties encountered in personal relationships and stave off depression (Rhodes et al, 1992). A recent study carried out by the author found that mentoring relationships can assist young people and their mentors to develop a form of 'cultural capital' or a set of recipes to deal with the challenges they face in their day to day lives. These issues included a wide range of issues which included dealing with difficulties in relationships, surviving on few resources, and carving out a sexual identity (Philip 1999; Philip and Hendry, 2000).
The "Odyssey" contains characteristics of an epic poem.
This is fitting, since the sea and its perils work much the same way the Odyssey argues that life does, it is full of suffering, but it can’t be avoided.
Throughout the "Odyssey", Odysseus undertakes a difficult journey.
Along with Odysseus’ incredible strength comes an amazing amount of stamina and a very high threshold for pain. After he tosses for nine days and finally sees land He swims quite a way to get to the land still fighting and still finding a way to survive. Odysseus has some doubts but with the help of the goddess Athena he pulls through and manages to get upon land “And then Odysseus would have perished, fate or no fate, if Athena had not put prudence into his mind. He got clear of the line of breakers foaming upon the shore, and swam along outside, keeping his eye on the land.(Homer71).