In every story there is a hero who at first seems useless and plays the role of the "victim" but he finds the way to become the "creator" and play that role really well. Odysseus plays the role of the creator very well in the odyssey. By creating instantaneous lies when encounters with people that question him or he gets in trouble. Odysseus is a creator in the Odyssey by getting his men out of rough situation and as his journey back to Ithaca become more challenging he find the courage and inner guide to get himself back home. Odysseus is the master of schemes but it gets to his head and thinks that he's greater than the gods in the skies he gets curse. When he make one of the gods mad and Athena asks Zeus; "Olympian Zeus, have you no care for him in your lofty heart? Did he never win your favor with sacrifices burned beside the ships on the broad plain of troy? Why, Zeus, shy so dead set against Odysseus" and Zeus replies; "what nonsense you let slip through your teeth. Now, how on earth could I forget Odysseus? Great Odysseus who exels all men in wisdom, excels in offerings too he gives the immortal gods who rule the vaulting skies? No, it's the earth-shaker, Poseidon, unappeased
." (Book 1 line 72-84). What Zeus is saying is that Odysseus isn't the man who everyone thinks he is and explains why Poseidon has put a curse on his trip back to Ithaca. Odysseus was a man who used his creator mind to get himself and his crew out of trouble and he never gets himself trapped when asked a question. As Odysseus and his crew get caught by the Cyclops he starts by saying how he was sent by Zeus; "respect the gods, my friend. We're suppliantsat your mercy! Zeus of the strangers guards all guests and suppliants: strangers are sacredZeus will avenge their rights!" (Book 9 line 303-305). By saying this to the Cyclops Odysseus thinks he's going to get his way at first, but the Cyclops counter attacks by saying; "you must be a fool, stranger, or come from nowhere, telling...
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