Odysseus: A Good Leader

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Erich Ageno
1st Period
11/13/12
The Odyssey Essay
Odysseus is a good leader because he always faces obstacles head on. Odysseus went to war in Troy. After many years the war is over and Odysseus starts his journey home. In “The Odyssey”, Odysseus begins his journey home facing nature, monsters, and gods. With his skills in all ways of contending, Odysseus survived the journey home and returned to Ithaca. In the following essay I will tell you why Odysseus is a good leader and the traits that makes him so. Those traits are his caution, cleverness, and his fearlessness.

One of the traits that makes Odysseus a good leader is his caution. Without his caution he and his men would have died right away. An example of this is when he entered Polyphemus’s cave. [“Why not take these cheeses, get them stowed, come back, throw open all the pens, and make a run for it? We’ll drive the kids and lambs aboard. We say put out again on good salt water! Ah, how sound that was! Yet I refused. I wished to see the caveman, what he had to offer no pretty sight, it turned out , for my friends.”{900}] Another example of this is when they approached the Sirens. Odysseus ordered his men to put beeswax in their ears so they won’t crash the ship. The last and best example might be when he got home to Ithaca. He didn’t rush home right away, but stayed back and thought of plan. If he would have rushed home he would have been killed by the suitors. Without his caution, Odysseus and his crew would have been pressed into more dangerous situations and died. Odysseus is very cautious and he would not have proceeded without a plan.

The second traits that makes Odysseus a good leader is his cleverness. Odysseus cleverness got him and his crew out of sticky situations. One example is when he told Polyphemus his name was Nohbdy. (“Cyclops, you ask my honorable name? Remember the gift you promised me and I shall tell you. My name is Nohbdy; mother, father, and friends, everyone call me Nohbdy....
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