Examples Of Quick-Wit In The Odyssey

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The Odyssey is an Epic Poem by Homer about what happens to Odysseus and his men on their journey. The story starts with Odysseus telling a story to a king. Throughout the story we can observe the actions of Odysseus and form a personality. Three key traits shown by this character include foresight, resilience, and quick-wit. Foresight is revealed early in the story when Odysseus and his crew are trapped in a cave with a cyclops after a misunderstanding, “If I killed him we perished there as well, for we could never move his ponderous doorway slab aside” pg. 761. The reader may notice another scene that displays foresight, “Therefore you are to tie me up, tight as a splint, erect along the mast, lashed to the mast, and if I shout and beg to be united, take more turns of the rope to muffle me.“ pg. 783. Both of these quotes act as support to the claim. To further elaborate, Odysseus doesn’t think on impulse, instead he plans for the future. This trait is vital as a leader, as he should be certain to not make a mistake otherwise his entire crew may suffer. …show more content…

“My name is Nohbdy: mother, father, and friends, everyone calls me Nohbdy.“ pg. 768. His fast thinking creates a much easier way for him and his men to get out of dangerous situations. He came up with the name Nohbdy within seconds and without hesitation, but even better, the use of this exact name stopped the other cyclops’ from knowing about them. “... and I grew sick with fear. But I gave command to my officers.“ pg. 777. This quote further explains the point as to show his prompt and keen mindset. The way that he commanded his officers as if they had nothing to fear kept the group together, helping them to feel more secure in their

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