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Intelligence In Odysseus

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A hero is someone who exceeds the expectations and performs above and beyond the average person. Odysseus from the epic poem The Odyssey, acts above and beyond his crew and the typical mortal. Odysseus uses his intelligence throughout his journeys to further develop his courage allowing him to be resilient in the time of crisis arguing he is a hero.
Odysseus uses intelligence to guide him on his tricky journey home to Ithaca establishing that he is a hero. When Odysseus and his crew land on the land of the Cyclops, they get trapped in a cave with a human-eating Cyclops named Polyphemus. Polyphemus turns hostile and becomes a serious threat to Odysseus and his crews’ chance of returning home. Odysseus uses his intelligence to get out of the disastrous situation by getting the Cyclops drunk and then blinding Polyphemus by using a “stake with its fiery tip” (Homer 9.443) and thrusting it into the single eye on the Cyclops. Odysseus’ keen sense of intelligence allows him to predict that Polyphemus would try to get help from his Cyclops neighbors so he plans ahead telling Polyphemus, “Nobody--that’s my name. Nobody so my mother and father call me, all my friends” (Homer 9.410-411). Odysseus, although physically strong, understands that outthinking an opponent often leads to victory and in the incident with the cyclops this theory held true. Odysseus predicted that once he burned the eye, Polyphemus would scream out in pain notifying his neighbors that something was wrong.
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