Importance of Character in Homer's Odyssey Essay

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Importance of Character in Homer's Odyssey

 

Odyssey, by Homer, is about Odysseus, the king of Ithaca.  Odysseus fights in the Trojan War and wins.  He travels towards Ithaca but does not reach it because he is not in favor of Poseidon, god of the sea, who prevents his return.  For many years, Odysseus wanders the seas and has many adventures.  Meanwhile, suitors attempt to marry Penelope, Odysseus' wife, but she remains faithful to her husband.  The gods pity Odysseus and assist in his safe return to Ithaca. Though Odysseus has the help of the gods, his personal qualities contribute to his survival in the seas and the return to his family in Ithaca.  Odysseus' personal qualities of bravery,
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            Another quality that enables Odysseus to return home and restore his kingdom is self-discipline.  Menelaus gives one testimony to his self-discipline.  He tells Telemachus, Odysseus' son, about Odysseus' army that hid inside a wooden horse.  The horse was taken inside the enemy walls of Troy.  Everyone inside the horse wanted to say something but Odysseus was patient and did not say anything, nor did he let anyone else say a word.  Anticles would have said a word, according to Menalaus, but "Odysseus held his two hands tight over the man's mouth, and saved the whole nation" (line #).  Odysseus made the plan of the wooden horse successful with his self-discipline.  Another example of Odysseus's discipline is shown when he meets Nausicaa.  Odysseus is caught in a storm at sea and undergoes much suffering until Athena and a sea nymph help him
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