Odysseus Traits Essay

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Anthony Forgione
Per 6/7 Date: 1/9/13
Ms. Mcmahon
The Odyssey is an epic poem by Homer. The epic is about a king, Odysseus who rules Ithica, located in Greece. Odysseus is sent to the Trojan war. Odysseus and his men make many attempts to make their way home. Over a course of 10 years, Odysseus and his men make many dangerous, yet exciting journeys across the Mediterranean Sea. A good leader should have self-control, physical strength and a lot of perseverance. I think Odysseus shows those characteristics plenty of time throughout the epic.

Odysseus shows self-control when he resists stabbing the Cyclops in the eye with the sharpened tree trunk. He must be intelligent to come up with such a well thought out plan, by getting the Cyclops drunk and waiting for the Cyclops to pass out before stabbing him. If Odysseus would have rushed the plan wouldn’t have worked because, there was a huge boulder in front of the exit to the cave that only the Cyclops could’ve moved. The plan was just brilliant. He must also care about his men because, every time the Cyclops ate one of his men, Odysseus got emotional and upset. Another example of how Odysseus shows self-control is when him and his crew encounter the lotus eaters. The lotus was an addictive plant like drug, when you first eat the lotus you never want to stop eating it. When Odysseus and his men first arrived on the land Odysseus made a precautionary decision to send two of his men to go and investigate the land. When Odysseus notices that his crew has been gone for some time, Odysseus decides to go look for them. When Odysseus finds his two crew members, he discovers that they are eating the lotus. The lotus eaters offer Odysseus the lotus but he turns it down. That is how Odysseus shows self-control in that example. Instead of leaving his men, Odysseus grabs them and brings them back to the ship like a good leader should. That’s a good leader, no one is left behind. Odysseus shows his second good leader...
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