Athena says, “You must take leave of Menelaos, if you want to find your dear mother still in your house; for her father and brothers are urging her to marry Eurymachos” (169).Athena tells Telemachus that his mother is going to marry Eurymachos.
Telemachus shows his kind personality to the beggar as well as the status quo of the inhabitants of Ithaca.
Telemachus then says to Eumiaos, “Daddy, where does this stranger come from? In this scene, Odysseus, as well as the reader, understands that Odysseus is talking to his son.
Dramatic irony also emphasizes a dolent mood during the return of Telemachus from his journey.
When Odysseus returns home to Ithaca, Athena goes to Telemachus to retrieve him from Sparta.
Dramatic irony arises when Telemachus believes that his father may no longer be alive but wants to find out more.
It is never even hinted at, to Telemachus, by Athena that he is alive and that he will soon return soon.
Homer is one of many authors who used this technique well.
In The Odyssey, Homer uses dramatic irony in order to enhance the emotional effect of crucial moments in the storyline, especially during the journey of Telemachus, the initial return of Odysseus, and the restoration of Odysseus to his rightful place in the kingdom.
Authors use many literary devices in order to heighten and enhance their works.
Dramatic irony, expressions to complementary attitudes understood by the audience but not the characters, can make the emotions stronger in literature.