Character Analysis of Odyssues in Homer´s Odyssey Essay examples

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"I am Laertes' son Odysseus, men hold me formidable for guile in peace and war: this fame has gone abroad to the sky's rim." (1047) Odysseus is an epic hero in The Odyssey and exhibits three character traits that assuredly stand out to readers. Those traits are intelligence, compassion, and determination. When trapped in a cave and held captive Odysseus makes a hasty, but intelligent decision to spare his captor's life. His captor just happened to be a Cyclops. Odysseus was astute in his decision to spare the Cyclops's life, because he and his crew were not capable of moving the stout bolder blocking the avenue of escape. Odysseus knew that if he killed the Cyclops that he and his men would perish along with it. Another story in…show more content…
In "The Land of the Dead" Odysseus saw Elpenor and wept for him with empathy. "One shade came first - Elpenor, of our company, who layed unburied on the wide earth as we had left him - dead in Circe's hall; untouched, unmourned, when other cares compelled us. Now when I saw him there I wept for pity and callout to him." (1065) Also, in the story "Argus" when Odysseus sees his old, broken down dog sitting on a pile of dung outside of the gate he couldn't help but to shed a tear. "But when he knew he heard Odysseus's voice nearby, he did his best to wag his tail, nose down, with flattened ears, having no strength to move nearer his master. And the man looked away, wiping a salt tear from his cheek, but he hid this from Eumaeus." (1096) Although most parts of the epic portray Odysseus as a hard calloused soldier these few scones depict his more compassionate side. For twenty years Odysseus is mostly defined by this on lone trait. That trait is determination. When it came to getting back to Ithaca Odysseus showed an insane amount of tenaciousness. "Where shall a man find sweetness to surpass his own home In far lands he shall not, though he find a house of gold." (1047) Odysseus was so desperate to get home that he went deep into the land of the dead to speak to the blind prophet Tiresias, to see about a safe passage home. Odysseus was relentless and would not give up on getting
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