― Virginia Woolf
Odysseus's story is a complicated one, but it tells the struggles of real life. You can be renowned as a great man like Odysseus, but do terrible things, like cheating on your wife repeatedly. He was lost like a lot of people are, but in a different way. He was literally lost, he got set off course from Ithaca and faced many trials. People nowadays get mentally lost, they don't really know who they are as a person, they don't know what they want to do with their life, they face mental trials as well and like Odysseus, people in these situations don't always make the moral choice. Like with Scylla and Charybdis with Odysseus, you can be faced with two dead ends, or two paths where both are bad, and you'll have to overcome the adversity, keep your head up and keep working hard to get back to where you were. Odysseus also had multiple helpers along his journey. In your life, you can't make it completely on your own. Your helper might be a parent, a teacher, or a friend you met along the path of life. While Odysseus might seem like that he is different than people in this era, he has a lot that can be closely related to our modern life.
Telemachus is also related to our life today. He is related to people today as well, specifically teenagers growing up into adulthood. He has really spoken to me as a character and this book was read at the right time for me because of all of the characters in the Odyssey, he is the most relatable for me. He is struggling with fathers disseverance and/or suspected death. He set out on a journey, like Odysseus's, it's related to a more mental journey, to find his father. He finds a mentor to help him, Athena, who is probably one of the best mentors you could get, and he sets sail on his journey for his father and his manhood. He struggles with doing what he is told, he struggles to find a good role model, and he almost retaliates against a force that would overpower him in a second, the suitors. The first two are directly relatable to the life of teenagers, while the third is related to challenging authority like parents, school officials and teachers and police. Like most teens, Telemachus was a work in progress for most of the Odyssey, but by the end he had entered manhood and found who he was and what he wanted to do.
It is rightfully considered one of the best books of all time, it is a book that will stick with me for life. It is a book that I am excited to read over and over, discovering more and more of its greatness each time. It is a book I am glad I read through every page, forming a bond with Telemachus and Odysseus. Overall all, it is a book that changed me for good.