Odysseus Character Analysis

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The Odyssey The Odyssey, by Homer, is an epic poem that tells, the story of the warrior leader of Greece, Odysseus. The hero goes through many trials and tributes on his journey to find his way back home. Odysseus proves himself to be cleaver, brave and patient. Odysseus cleverness helped him find his way back home. For instant, he creates a plan to escape from the Cyclopes cave. “Three absent/ I tried them silently together… then slung a man under each middle one.../ so three sheep can convey each man.”(IX. 466-478). Odysseus in this way fools the Cyclopes into letting Odysseus and his men escape from the cave. Odysseus is also clever when he planned out a way to pass through the island of siren, which had a monsters that sang and lured sailors to jump off the ship and swim straight to the monster and it would eat them: “Take me and bind me to the half way up the mast; bind me as I stand upright, with a bond so fast that I cannot possibly break away…If I beg and pray to set me free, then bind me more tightly still.’’(XII. 60-67) Here we see Odysseus cleaver plan being presented to his crew man and where we find out later that it works, because the story continues on and that he gets home later. Odysseus was also able to show his bravery throughout the poem many times. We can find that Odysseus’ bravery is tested when he visits Hades, who ruled the kingdom of the dead. When he arrives there, he takes out the cup of blood for the prophet, which attracts all of the dead souls: "This entire crowd gathered about the pit from every side, with a dreadful great noise, which made me pale with fear." (XI.45-50) Despite Odysseus' fear, he shows his courage by remaining calm, protecting the cup, and talking to the souls. One of his best examples of Odysseus bravery is when he fought off the suitors that are stealing everything from him. As The Odysseys stated, "Now at

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