In Homer’s The Odyssey, the author tells us of a magnificent story of lust, deceit, greed, and heroism. The Odyssey is a display of a journey of determination, willpower, patience, and virtue. The author tells the tale of Odysseus, on his voyage home to Ithaka. This is happening after the end of the Trojan War. Odysseus, the main character, goes through a series of many unforeseen trials and tribulations in this exemplary journey. This exemplifies his character and displays him as a hero in the eyes of the audience. During these different happenings, Odysseus makes decisions that do not correspond to his character.
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"Finally, they decided to resort to a trick thought of by Odysseus..." (Trojan War reading section 6) This shows how Odysseus proves himself by being competent in coming up with viable solutions to his obstacles thus succeeding in life-threatening situations.
Homer’s odyssey, displays Odysseus as intelligent in many occasions during his journey. For instance, when he and his men were trapped in the Cyclops' cave, Odysseus comes up with a plan to get them out of there safely. "Friends, we're hardly strangers at meeting danger and this danger is no worse than what we faced when cyclops penned us up in his vaulted cave with crushing force! But even from there my courage, my presence of mind and tactics saved us all" (12.226-230) this proves his intelligence and ability to use his influence on his men positively.
The good and positive points that kept Odysseus motivated to constantly struggle and try to survive are courage and wisdom. The combination of Courage and wisdom were the crucial motivators to Odysseus to do unbelievable things with such glory and confidence.
“Odysseus kills the Cyclops while the giant is asleep, even though the monster ate two men minutes before” (Homer, P 110). The courage to do such things accurately and the accompanying wisdom enable him to make right decisions that are the catalyst to keep Odysseus motivated and to keep taking the right actions besides the encounter arguments and opinion that make the man sometime confused.
Courage and wisdom were the honor and pride of Odysseus, because of these, Odysseus always preferred and did different types of jobs, tasks and responsibilities full of completeness. For example, “Odysseus lumps the sailors' ears with wax when going through the Sirens, whose sweet singing lures sailors to their doom” (Homer, P 141).