Craftiness In The Odyssey

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Imagine the craftiness it would take to weave through monster infested seas for ten years. Now, imagine the temptatious traps and how hard it would be to restrain from falling victim to them. In the Odyssey, by Homer, Odysseus has to use these traits to survive a long voyage after angering the gods. Even though he is a larger than life character, I can show that I also demonstrate these traits on a daily basis. Odysseus and I share a strong self-restraint trait. For example, even though the Lotus is tempting, Odysseus ordered “no one taste the Lotus, or you lose your hope of home” (52). In other words, he kept his crew from giving into temptation, which would’ve led them astray from their intended course. Additionally, he stopped himself from killing the Cyclops because he knew “if [he] killed him [his crew] perished there as well for [they] could never move [the Cyclops’] ponderous doorway slab aside” (208). Even though he wanted to sink his sword into the…show more content…
Odysseus, who knew the wine would make the Cyclops sleepy, offered him “liquor to wash down your scraps of men” (256). This creative use of the wine made the Cyclops sleepy, and it gave Odysseus’ crew a chance to blind the Cyclops. Another demonstration of his guile is when he tricked the Cyclops who “stroked each ram” by belting himself onto the underside of the ram. If it wasn’t for Odysseus’ quick thinking, the men would’ve been eaten by the blind Cyclops, who checked every animate before letting it exit the cave. When I was younger, I always let my dog sleep on my bed at night; therefore, I would always blame the dog when I wet the bed. Archer, my dog, in fact, never actually peed on me in the middle of the night. Another time I was crafty is when I redirected crazy children’s energy into a cleaning game, which made their parents happy to return to a spotless kitchen. In conclusion, Odysseus is crafty, and so am
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