17 November 2012
Odysseus’ dialogue and actions reflect to acts of courage, strength, and leadership, which is one of the values held by Ancient Greeks. Odysseus displays courage because he is not afraid to meet the Cyclops face to face. Odysseus shows strength because his actions towards the Cyclops are intense. He also shows leadership because of how he cares for his men and leads them to victory. Odysseus is not afraid to meet the Cyclops because when he and his 12 men observe the Cyclops’ cave, his 12 men wanted to steal the animals and food and then leave. It is a good idea, but Odysseus refuses and says, “I wished to see the cave man, what he had to offer-not a pretty sight, it turned out, for my friends.” (Pg.988) This shows that Odysseus has more courage than his men because they did not want to see the Cyclops as much as Odysseus does. Odysseus also displays strength because he blinds the one-eyed Cyclops with a hand spike. “So with our brand we bored that great eye socket while blood ran out...-Eyelid and lash were seared; the pierced ball hissed broiling, and the roots popped.” (Pg.992) This vivid action shows how strong Odysseus is when defeating the Cyclops. Lastly, Odysseus shows leadership because he shows that he actually cares about his men and leads them toward victory. His plan for escape is to hide under the sheep and rams. “I tied them silently together...-then slung a man under each middle one to ride
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there safely, shielded left and right.” (Pg.993) This act from Odysseus, in saving his men, shows great leadership. Being a great captain that he is, Odysseus leads them to victory because their escape plan is a success.