The Odyssey: A Strong Mind and a Strong Body Are an Ideal Balance

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Zeina Zeitoun
Miss. Chu
English pre IB
Period 1
The Odyssey

In Books IX and XII of Homer's epic poem, The Odyssey, Odysseus' successes demonstrates that he is an excellent of the Greeks' belief that both a strong mind and a strong body are an ideal balance. During Odysseus' journey he faced many challenges, physical and mental. Odysseus' strong mindedness and cleverness got him out of sticky situations. Yet, his strong body was up for any battle or any fight he had to face. These two essentials work as an ideal balance.

Throughout The Odyssey, Odysseus repeatedly used his cleverness to make his way through situations where it isn't very crucial. "Kyklops, try some wine. Here's liquor to wash down your scraps of men" (The Odyssey, 133). In this event, Odysseus knows that when he gives the Kyklops alcohol, it'll get him unfocused and non aware of his surroundings so that Odysseus can make a sneaky escape with no hassle. "Remember the gift you promised me, and i shall tell you. My name is Nohbdy"…."Nohbdy, Nohbdy's tricked me, Nohbdy's ruined me!" (134 & 135). After Kyklops thanked Odysseus for the drinks, he asked for his name and he said it was Nohbdy. Later when Odysseus escapes, everyone thinks the Kyklops is out of his mind because he kept saying "Nobody's tricked me" and "Nobody's ruined me". This shows how Odysseus is an archetype of a trickster.

Not only does Odysseus have the brains, but he also has a strong body which allows him to fight well in battles against his enemies. "Our finest lad is down! You killed the best on Ithaka", (355). During the killing of the suitors, Odysseus knew who to kill first and knew how to so he went for it. His strong mind and his strong body both work together to complete tasks like those. "Fight, I say, let's remember the joy of it. Swords out! Hold up tables to deflect his arrow. After me, everyone: rush him where he stands", (356). This occurred right before Odysseus fought the suitors. This...
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