One of the situations in which Odysseus exhibits intellect occurs when he meets the Cyclopes Polyphemus. Polyphemus imprisons Odysseus and his men, but Odysseus tells him that his name is “Nobody” so when he contrives how to blind him and the Cyclopes yells to his brothers that the “Nobody” blinds him, his brothers don’t come to help him.
An example of his cleverness would be when he tells Polyphemus, the cyclops that his “ ‘..name is Nohbdy; mother, father, and friends, everyone calls me Nohbdy’ (page 380 Lines 274-275).” This shows his cleverness because he avoids being killed and does not exploit his name. He also avoids telling his real name, so that Polyphemus would not curse him. Though Odysseus manages to get him and his men out of Cyclops’ clasps, he ends up screwing up their only chance of getting home safely. An example of Odysseus’ intelligence is When the three men that Odysseus sent to check the land of the Lotus Eaters, and they were “forgetful of their homeland. [Odysseus] drove them, all three wailing, to the ships, tied them down under their rowing benches…(page 373 Lines 47-49).” This shows his intelligence by only sending in three men. However, Odysseus being clever only helps them in only one situation, and by the end of book 12, a majority of his men end up dying. What Odysseus did in one situation should not depend on whether he is a hero, but rather should be based on what the outcome
Also with Scylla the 8 legged monster. Odysseus was clever there because what if he told them what she goes, she was going take 6 men. They were going to jump out the boat to get away but he said “I told them nothing, as they could do nothing” which is true so he was very clever with his words.
“The Odyssey” is an Epic Poem which discusses the life story of Odysseus. The main focus of the poem is the journey of Odysseus and his way back home. Certain events distract him, most importantly; his encounter with the Gods, Goddesses. It takes Odysseus all of what it takes to head back home, including his bravery and intelligence. These qualities in Odysseus not only help himself but his men survive through the chaos of the journey called “The Odyssey”.
Another great example of Odysseus’ cleverness is when Polyphemus asks for his name. Odysseus responds, “Nobody- that’s my name. Nobody- so my mother and father call me, all my friends.” Odysseus’ quick thinking pays off later when he and four of his men stab Polyphemus in his eye. Polyphemus then calls for his neighbors’ help, “Nobody’s killing me now by fraud and not by force!” Polyphemus’ neighbors misinterpret his cries, believe that nothing is killing him, and leave.
In “Perspectives on the Presidency” from The Presidency in a Separated System, Charles O. Jones argues that the United States government is not merely influenced and led by the president. Jones argues in favor of the United States having a separated system, rather than a presidential system. In this separated system, the role of the president varies, depending on resources and strategy. Jones proceeds to discuss two types of perspectives of the president; the Dominant Perspective and the Alternative Perspective. In the Dominant Perspective, political parties are stronger than they normally are in a system of separated elections, the opposing party acts as a critic of the party in power, and the president is, idealistically, aggressive. However,
Odysseus displays, ingenuity, a strength which people from all walks of life can exhibit. The scene of ingenuity is staged after the cyclops, Polyphemus, devours two of his men, and then captures Odysseus and the rest of his men. During his struggle with Polyphemus, he carefully strategizes an escape. He first displays ingenuity when he is given the chance to kill Polyphemus, but tactically declines, “…I went along his flank to stab him where the midriff holds the liver. I had touched the spot when sudden fear stayed me: if I killed him we perished there as well, for we could never move his ponderous doorway slab aside” (201-206). Even in the midst of fear, when two of his men were
One may have wondered how mysterious it is when two lives on separate journeys meet, combining their journeys into one. In the epic poem The Odyssey, by Homer, Odysseus and his son, Telémakhos, do exactly this through trials influenced by hospitality, loyalty, and cleverness. After a long war Odysseus sets a voyage for home in hopes of meeting his son for the first time, but runs into many set backs. The Odyssey is an epic poem about how Odysseus and Telémakhos are reunited and the trials they go through to get back home. During both of their journeys, Odysseus and Telémakhos follow the most significant of the Greek values, hospitality, loyalty, and cleverness to help them to complete their journeys and reunite with each other.
Odysseus was a man of great stature and strength; however, Odysseus was not only physically strong, but mentally strong as well (Olson). We can see Odysseus’ mental strength, or cunning, and bravery when he is in the den of Polyphemus and devises the plan to save him and his crew by calling himself nobody and stabbing out the cyclops’ eye. He also recognizes that he
Odysseus used his craftiness to his advantage many times throughout the Odyssey. He always thought ahead and though outside the box to get through difficult situations. “Nohbdy, Nohbdy’s tricked me, Nohbdy’s ruined me!” (1119; bk. 9, line 17). Odysseus told the cyclops that his
Odysseus is most definitely very clever in the way he can think through a circumstance and execute a plan or mission. An example showing Odysseus’s cleverness is when he ran into an incident with the Cyclops. In order to save his men safely from the Cyclops, Odysseus gave the Cyclops wine in order to move past it. It was key that Odysseus did this at the right time or else the plan would not have worked properly. The wine made the Cyclops drunk allowing the men to poke out the Cyclops’ eyes. The plan was executed perfectly allowing Odysseus and his men to move past safely out of the Cyclops’ cave. Odysseus also showed how smart he was when the Cyclops asked for Odysseus’s name. He said his name was Norman in order to not reveal his true identity in case there was a future incident with another Cyclops. Looking back to when the Cyclops was getting his eye poked out, another Cyclops was summoned due to the loud shouts from the first one. This showed how clever it was that Odysseus did not reveal his real name because then both Cyclops would
Odysseus cleverness can be used as a good outcome but sometimes he uses his cleverness and end up getting in trouble. In book nine “In the One-Eyed Giant 's Cave” After the victory at Troy, Odysseus and his men sail to Ismarus. During that journey a storm soccursand changes their route which sends them to the land of Lotus-eaters. After the Lotus-eaters the next stop is the land of Cyclops. Odysseus land upon the island of the Cicones. When he lands on the Island Odyssey Us Discovers that there is no laws, no councils, and no interest in civility. Odysseus wanted to discovers who lives on this island, he takes ten men and goona search to find someone changer. While they were searching Odysseus and his ten discover some abundant food in the cave. The crew wanted to to take all the food and sail off but Odysseus to try the hospitality of the owner. The Crew and Odysseus steal Cyclops food butin their mind they are showing
This simile highlights a stratagem adopted by Odysseus to help him and his men escape the cave. Odysseus selects four men to help him drive a sharp object into Polyphemus' eye; however, this tactic is ineffective because there remain guards at the cave's entrance who are tasked with catching any Greek that attempts to escape. This simile exemplifies Odysseus' wisdom as a war strategist, and his application of intellectual tactics to out-maneuver the enemy. After this plan proved to be a failure, Odysseus hid with the rams and successfully escaped. The consistent strategies Odysseus came up with to defeat the enemy even when they proved to be failures just indicated that he is wise and capable to learn from his mistakes. Arguably, war is a battle
One reason Odysseus is an admirable hero is because he has astonishing strategy skills that always guarantee his men’s victory in battle. Because of this many, “Men hold me / formidable for guile in peace and war,” (Homer 19). One instance of this would be when Odysseus
The first way he showed his cleverness when the encountered the Cyclops. Since the Cyclops trapped Odysseus and his men in the grotto with him using a boulder that only he could move, Odysseus had to think of a way for them to sneak out, so he used his cleverness to think up a brilliant plan. They would tied three rams together and each man would hide under the middle so Polyphemus, the cyclops would not see them escaping. First they had to poke Polyphemus is the eye with a wooden spike so he would move the giant boulder blocking the way. Luckily his plan worked perfectly. Another way Odysseus shows his cleverness is when he rescued his men from Circe. In order to save his men, Odysseus had to climb up a huge mountain in Aeaea "home of the enchantress and goddess Circe. Here a party of twenty-three men, led by Eurylochus, goes off to explore the island."(673, Summary). Once again his men disappear and just as he is about to set off to find them, Eurylochus comes running back to the ship in a hurry. "Blinding tears welled in his eyes; foreboding filled his heart. When we were frantic questioning him, at last we heard the tale: our friends were gone…."(674, 580-583). Odysseus frantically leaves the ship determined to save his men as he began to climb the huge mountain to reach Circe's hall. Finally he reached the top anxious to take his men back with him once he had convinced Circe to turn them back to men. Eventually she did, indeed and they were on their way again at