It is only natural for a mother to attempt to shield her child from the world. The rite of passage a male must go through indicates his change from one stage of life to another. Mothers often see this change as a necessary ?letting go? of their beloved child. So there is usually some opposition. During this process of adolescent to adult there are many stages that the son must go through. I have broken this process down into four general stages: realization of independent thinking, asking questions, giving up adolescent ways, and rebirth.
The first step in the process is Telemakhos? realization that he has independent thoughts. Up to this point his thoughts and opinions had been silenced by his mother?s intellect. Suddenly, he starts to question the truths his mother has presented to him throughout his life. Telemakhos? first debut of wisdom comes when he tells his mother to let the minstrel alone to sing of whatever adventures he pleases. He told his mother to calm down and reminded his her that Zeus was the one in control of things. After that, the story describes Penelope?s response.
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