Odysseus In Homer's The Odyssey
Topics: Odyssey, Homer, Greek mythology, Odysseus / Pages: 4 (900 words) / Published: Dec 14th, 2016

The Odyssey, an epic poem written by Homer, is about the journey of the epic hero Odysseus to return to his home after the Trojan War. Odysseus must endeavor through many ghastly challenges, because the Cyclops Polyphemus afflicted him with a curse, to get him to his wife and son, and uniting his kingdom. On his journey home, Odysseus shows multiple traits of an epic hero, the two most related to that title is bravery and cunning. However the characteristic that stands out the most are his abilites to get his way out of difficult situations; cunningness and cleverness. One of the challenges Odysseus must overcome is outwitting a giant Cyclops who had killed most of his men, while simultaneously finding a way out of the cave they're trapped in. The Ithacan king must also keep his men from falling under the trance of the deadly …show more content…
Odysseus just recently reaches Ithaca and disguises himself as a beggar, but communicates with his son a plan that can result in Odysseus returning him and reclaiming his old life. “Look on, hold your anger… and I/shall signal to you, nodding: at that point/round up all armor, lances, gear of war/left in our hall, and stow the lot away/back in the vaulted storeroom” (13.1129-1138). Odysseus and his allies enact on the plan which allows them to storm against the suitors and reclaim the palace and Odysseus’s life. Whereas it is possible if Odysseus had not thought of the clever plan, then he would not have been able to reclaim his old life and continue to wait for the right time while his wife is being forced to marry one of the suitors. Furthermore, his plan allows him to easily slaughter the unsuspecting suitors, and join his wife at the head of the Ithacan rulers. Although the plan could've gone wrong, Odysseus is faithful in his son and his analytical abilities to outwit the

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