Intelligence And Strength In Odysseus In Homer's Odyssey

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In many stories, the hero uses either his wit or strength to solve problems. However, in the epic poem, The Odyssey, written by Homer, Odysseus, the main character, uses both intelligence and strength in order to overcome the problems he faces. Both are used many times in the epic, but Odysseus relies more on his intelligence. This is shown many times, such as when he kills the suitors that stay in his home, encounters the Cyclops, Polyphemus, and when he decides to immediately leave the island of the Lotus Eaters. During the time when Odysseus killed the suitors, intelligence was more important than strength. This is shown by how he hides his identity and only reveals it to a few that he knows will aid him. As the text states “Would you be men enough to stand by Odysseus if he came back?” (Homer 215-217). This line shows Odysseus testing two servants of his if they are still loyal to him. Since he is disguised, he is able to test the two men to see if they are truly trustworthy. In the same story, Odysseus displays great strength that allows him to kill the suitors. For example, in the text …show more content…

This line reveals Odysseus’s great and powerful strength, as he is able to accurately shoot a bow that many men could not string.

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