Odysseus Deceit And Dishonesty In Homer's Odyssey

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There are a lot of leaders in Greek mythology that use deceit and dishonesty to accomplish their own goals. One example of this is the Greek hero Odysseus from The Odyssey by Homer. Throughout the story Odysseus uses a lot of clever and deceitful tactics to get his men and himself out trouble. Odysseus’s deceit and dishonesty may help Odysseus, but it causes in the end causes for Odysseus to lose his leadership, loyalty skills and a less desirable outcome. Throughout the story of The Odyssey, Odysseus uses a lot of deceit and dishonesty to get himself out of trouble which leads to the deaths of his men. One such decision was to boast to Polyphemus, which is explained in the quote,“After he had regained his ship, Odysseus could not help shouting…show more content…
One example of this is in the quote,”Odysseus defies immortality twice in his journey; he embraces his mortality and that is what gives him the strength to withstand all the difficulties he faces. In addition, he is unbelievably clever and witty. We find out through the Odyssey that Odysseus was the man that saved the Greeks in the Trojan War and helped them win this terrible war.”(Hero) In the quote it is…show more content…
Also, we can see from the text that Odysseus has defied death multiple times with requires a lot of cleverness. Another example of Odysseus’s dishonesty helping him is in the quote,” My name is Nohbdy… Nohbdy, Nohbdy tricked me… ah well, if nobody has played you foul there in your lonely bed, we are no use in pain given by great Zeus… So saying they trailed away,”(Applebee, 906). In the quote Odysseus uses his cleverness to trick the cyclops into telling the other cyclopes that “nobody” is hurting him. This allows him and his men to not be found or hurt by all the other cyclopes. Another example takes place immediately after Odysseus tricks the cyclops into saying his name is “nobody” in the quote,”I tied them silently together, twining cord of willow from the ogre’s bed; then slung a men under each middle one to ride there safely, shielded left and right. So three sheep could convey each man,”(Applebee, 908). This plan Odysseus comes up with works very well and allows them to escape without the cyclops knowing they're gone, it also allows them to steal his sheep. This shows how Odysseus’s dishonesty and cleverness can get his men and him out of trouble. Another example of how his cleverness helps him is when he goes to the underworld to talk to telemachus. Odysseus is able to get into the underworld and get out, which
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