Odysseus and his Leadership Skills Odysseus and his abysmal leadership and decisions are what plunges he and his crew into a downward spiral that leads to death and disappointment. This story of the descent, then rebirth of the hero Odysseus is told in Homer’s epic, The Odyssey. Odysseus shows throughout the novel that he still believes he is the bright, young, and omnipotent miracle worker he was back in the trojan war. However, this mindset is destructive, and incapacitates him. Making Odysseus take every risk he is able to take, whether it’s necessary or not.
Poseidon and Odysseus are the most noticeable representatives of the theme of vengeance. In order to escape from the cave of the Cyclops (Polyphemus), Odysseus blinds the one-eyed giant (Book 9). Unfortunately, the Cyclops is the sea god Poseidon's son; Odysseus has engaged a formidable enemy. Poseidon can't kill Odysseus because the Fates have determined that he will make it home. However, the sea god can help to fulfill his son's wish that Odysseus should arrive in Ithaca late, broken, and alone, his shipmates lost, and his household in trash.
Furthermore, when he does reach home has to show his muscular strength again. Odysseys is a strong hero and shows his strength of how he can save his people. In homers epic poem “The Odyssey,” Odysseys in one motion strung the bow”(1005) he is being compared to haper because he has power at stringing the bow, while Odysseus tries to save his shipmates, homer describes Odysseus’s feelings at sea “while he fought only to save his life to bring his shipmates home.”(963) He shows how he can do everything by himself. In the end, Odysseus was a honorable hero, was proven. He showed great leadership, bravery, and strength throughout the whole poem.
Odysseus did not warn his men about Scylla because he was afraid they would abandon him, so he only uses his men to sail the ship, which shows that his own intentions are more important to him than the lives of his crewmen. Ulysses also only cared about his intentions and lied to Pete and Delmar about a treasure so they would escape with him. Both of them were brave and leaders in their group. But one thing Odysseus has that Ulysses didn’t have was a strong relationship with his wife. Penelope and Odysseus remained faithful to each other even though they were separated, and Penelope refused to re-marry.
Odysseus had no need to yell at the blinded Cyclops; he had already escaped from the Cyclops’s harm. Odysseus just felt so proud of his victory over the Cyclops, that he wanted the Cyclops to know who was responsible for his injury. This caused Odysseus lots of trouble all throughout the rest of his journey. Poseidon’s anger toward Odysseus greatly sets back his journey because Poseidon controlled all the seas that Odysseus sailed upon. Odysseus is so eager to get home to his kingdom and his family, but he makes mistakes along the way.
Zeus does not care if Odysseus is kept or released, so he does as his daughter asks. As Athene requested, Odysseus is granted freedom and sails off on a shaft created by him. Poseidon still dislikes Odyseus, and as the god of the sea, he does what he is known for and shows his mighty power upon the ocean by creating great storms. Odysseus changes courses and arrives on the shore on some land where people by the name of Phaiakians live. With Athene at her ear, the princess of the land develops a crush for Odysseus.
He is honest, brave, and faithful to his family. He travels in the sea where his father was lost, who great man and more experienced than him. He preferred to be dead rather than staying safe but humiliated by the suitors. Moreover, he confronted the suitors with his intentions, though he was helpless and too young to debate with them. He told the suitors that they are not qualified for taking the kingship, because they are not capable of defending
This is reflected in Homer’s timeless epic, The Odyssey. This is the enduring story of Odysseus: a pious warrior who is humbled by seas, torn apart by his sufferings, and reborn in his journey to reach home. Odysseus’ suffering, if examined through Augustine’s Free Will Defence, is a product of his actions. Fate and destiny play no part in his journey. He wills his fate and invents his destiny.
She is mortal after all, and you are immortal and ageless. But even so, what I want and all my days I pine for is to go back to my house and see my day of homecoming. And if some god batters me far out on the wine-blue water, I will endure it, keeping a stubborn spirit inside me, for already I have suffered much and done much hard work on the waves and in the fighting. So let this adventure follow.” (Book five. 215-224) Odysseyus is very clever in his response to Calypso because he understands that he will need her help to get off of the island so instead of arguing that Penelope is beautiful and expressing his love for her, he agrees that his wife will never be as beautiful.
It changes him from a tormenter and a dictator to a wonderful king and a hero. Later in the book Gilgamesh has a very hard time dealing with the death of Enkidu and goes on a journey to try and become immortal. Odysseus on the other hand is motivated by the love of his wife, Penelope, and his son, Telemachus. Odysseus desperately wants to go home to them but has been held captive on an island by Calypso. Calypso is also motivated by love.