Antinous want to avoid suitors. Telemachus is instructed to kill the suitors. His goal isn’t to rid the family of the problems that wealthy males cause. He wants to get rid of the competition, not solve the problems they cause for his parents.
Many men have sought Penelope’s hand after Odysseus’ departure to the Trojan War. Penelope has been a good wife. As a result, she has rejected her suitors.
Penelope’s refusal puts potential suitors to the test. To make her marry them, they resort to devious methods. Antinous is one of the most notorious suitors. He is extremely insolent and deceitful. Despite his expressed intention to marry Penelope, he makes inappropriate remarks about Telemachus’ mother.
Antinous aims to decrease competition and solidify his chances as Penelope’s groom. As a result, he asks Telemachus to murder all of the suitors. He also asks Odysseus’ grandson to join him for a banquet. The youngster replies with an insulting remark when asked if he would attend the party.
Telemachus states that he will only eat when Antinous is dead. Most suitors are enraged by the statement. He comes up with a scheme to get rid of Telemachus. It would allow him to enhance his chances of marrying Penelope and becoming an Ithacan leader.
However, Athena can assist Telemachus in bypassing Antinous’ snares. The most ardent suitor becomes the first person Odysseus kills upon his return. He may enter Ithaca as a beggar, disguised.
When the suitor is feasting, Odysseus draws the bow and shoots Antinous with an arrow. After that, Odysseus emerges from hiding. He shows that King of Ithaca is back after over 20 years since he departed home.
When the assembly reconvenes the next day, wise old Aegyptius points out that it has not met in session since King Odysseus departed for the Trojan War 20 years previously. He applauds the individual who had the fortitude to call for a meeting.
Telemachus makes an excellent case against the suitors and asks them to stop bothering him. When most of the men are silent, as they appear to be moved by Telemachus’ request, there is total silence throughout the gathering.
Antinous, the most persistent suitor, obstinately claims innocence and lays the blame on “the queen of deception,” Penelope (2.95). He returns to Odysseus’ mythical tale of how Penelope wove a shroud for his father’s eventual burial at home in Ithaca after Laertes, the previous king who has been reduced to a farmworker where he grieves his son’s absence.
Telemachus’ quiet demeanor in his defense is remarkable when you consider the attack on his mother. But he prefigures future events by appealing to Zeus for aid in avenging himself. The seer Halitherses interprets a flock of dueling eagles flying over the gathering as a signal of Odysseus’ return.
Eurymachus, the second prominent suitor, interrupts Mentor and threatens Telemachus in a bullying manner. Mentor speaks on behalf of Telemachus, but no conclusion is reached and the meeting breaks up. Prince Telemachos secretly prepares and departs for Pylos using the assistance of Athena, who acts as Mentor and sometimes as himself.