Odysseus: A man of great intelligence
The epic narrative, The Odyssey, By Homer, was written by the creator of its philosophy, Homer. It is a magnificent story of lust, deceit, greed, and heroism. Its journey of determination, patience, and virtue, tells the tale of Odysseus, the main character, on his voyage his kingdom in Ithaca after the end of the Trojan War. Throughout the story, Odysseus undergoes many trials and tribulations, which test his character. Though it may be tested, he does not intervene. He remained vanguard, and that is where he planned to stay. During these happenings; such as Odysseus being imprisoned on Calypso’s island, Ogygia, the longing of returning to his wife and son, Odysseus makes decisions that do not correspond to his character. His character is much like a hero of great veneration. In Homer’s world, a hero is more than just is a symbol of strength, but has unlimited courage, honor, respect, intelligence, and good morals/values. Values were very important to the Greeks. The Greek values vary from; hospitality, bathing, food, and feast. Throughout the Odyssey, some of these characteristics are showed, and some are slightly changed. His journey starts with Troy. This is where Odysseus and his men, battle with Cicones. Odysseus, knowing their skills, backed out of the battle at sea. They refuse, and in return, many are killed. Here, Odysseus’s intelligence would have saved the men, if they would have listened. Though they didn’t obey, Odysseus had the patience not to blame them. They then are taken to the land of the Lotus eaters.
The lotus eaters are like a poison which causes men to forget the thoughts they have of leaving the island. Odysseus, with his intelligence, knew the powers of the Lotus flower. So, he ordered his men to stay away from the flowers. Though he told them this, three of the men went abscond, and took it upon themselves to try the flowers, and they had to be dragged back to the ship kicking and...
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