The Traits of Odysseus

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In Homer’s The Odyssey, there are a lot of traits displayed that are considered important in ancient Greek culture. These are shown by many different characters, but mostly by Odysseus (he is, after all, the main character in the epic poem). Odysseus is the epitome of a Greek ruler: he has a lot of admirable traits. His only fault is his hubris, but that is overcome and taken care of. Throughout Homer’s The Odyssey, Odysseus displays wisdom combined with strong loyalty and inspiring leadership through the evident trust of his men and the ability to conquer any challenges that he may face along his journey back to Ithaka. Odysseus is very wise; he is able to get out of any situation he finds himself in and can also deceive anyone he …show more content…
All of these contribute greatly to the plan and it is executed much more smoothly because of these. Consequently, Odysseus has the wisdom of a thousand men and the cunning of a fox.
Odysseus’s loyalty to the gods earns him their respect throughout his journey back to Ithaka. The gods usually listen to his prayers and help him out because of his loyalty towards them. Many a time he makes a sacrifice or prays to them. For example, Odysseus asks for Poseidon’s mercy when he is torturing him at sea. After years and years of battling to get home, he wants mercy from Poseidon. He gains humility from this and realizes that he is not all powerful, whereas the gods are. Odysseus now knows that he does not control his fate; the gods do. Before fighting the suitors, Odysseus assures Telemakhos that the gods are on their side. “Suppose Athena’s arm is over us, and Zeus / her father’s” (XVI, 309-310) shows how he has faith in the gods and even though he will have do work somewhat, he believes that the gods will help him through the fight. Having faith in the gods pleases them, and Odysseus strongly believes in them. This is shown in the following passage: “Never could I have passed her / had not the father of gods and men, this time, / kept me from her eyes” (XII, 568-570). It shows how Odysseus believes that the only way he escaped the wrath of Skylla is