In fact, his character traits can connect to others in the world, like determination. Odysseus’s determination throughout his adventures is a similar trait that I share and has brought us both success. Odysseus’ determination does not only help him throughout his journey, but also helps him be successful. While passing through Scylla and Charybdis, Odysseus tells the men to “Get the oar shafts in your hand, and lay back hard on your benches; hit these braking seas” (Homer 836). Here, Homer explains that Odysseus’
The leadership and the ability to influence others around him, filling them with pride and hope, supports Odysseus’ heroic properties. Seeking their homeland after the encounter in the underworld, Odysseus and his men receive directions for their trip home from Circe, the now friendly goddess. She warns them, telling the soldiers of the dangers along their trip, the first being the Sirens. As the hazard is quickly approaching, Odysseus takes matters into his own hands, assisting his men in blocking the seductive sounds of the sirens from the men. He recalls the situation, “ I stopped the ears of my comrades one by one” (Homer 276).
Telemachus, through his actions and doings, proved to be beyond determined and devoted to hold on to his father’s belongings and kingdom and to save his mother from marrying one of the arrogant suitors with harmfully egocentric intentions. When Telemachus arrives to Nestor, in search of answers, he abruptly became timid and hesitant toward going to the king Nestor himself and questioning him, which proving Telemachus’ weak personality and lack of confidence. “Telemachus hung back in disembarking…. ‘Not the least shyness now…’ ” (Epic The Visit to Nestor, page 727). As one can see, Telemachus, a brave and honest young man, with his father as an idol to look up to, matures over time and becomes more confident with the help of Athena.
Polyphemus’ purpose in The Odyssey is to show the two sides of Odysseus – the clever hero and the rash idiot – by providing obstacles for Odysseus to overcome. The way that a person responds to a challenge says much about the person themselves. Polyphemus asks: “But tell me, / Where did you leave your ship? Far / Down by the coast, or close? I’d like to know” (Odyssey.9.274-276), not out of the goodness of his heart, but because he wants to destroy their ship.
Odysseus in Homer’s The Odyssey has to go through trials and tribulations and he could not reach home in Ithaca without being so intelligent through the ordeals. The first trial was to get away from Calypso island. The text states that “The nymph Calypso, a powerful goddess—/ And beautiful — was clinging to him / In her caverns and yearned to possess him” (1.17-19). The main trial that Odysseus faced was the wrath of Poseidon was then stated shortly after the first trial by saying, “All the gods pitied him, except Poseidon, / Who stormed against the godlike hero” (1.25-26). The previous quote also shows that Odysseus has a very good reputation with the gods, and it is also the reason that Odysseus escaped the island.
In Homer's The Odyssey, Odysseus focuses his attention on gaining the Greek ideal of kleos while disregarding his men and their safety. After receiving advice to focus his attention on getting him and his men back alive, Odysseus still puts them at danger for his own good. His desire to return home a hero and the advice he receives conflict him, but he ultimately chooses to follow the former. When Odysseus is informed that he can be tied down without wax in his ears to be able to listen to the Sirens, he changes that message and presents it to his men as if only he is meant to listen to the Sirens. He makes this statement based off of his need to be able to say that he had heard the sirens and that he lived through it as well.
Prideful because all he tries to do is chance Doodle rather than letting him be who he is . Not letting himself accept himself the way he is. Brother's pride pushes him to give Doodle an existence away from his bed, and it is his obsession that leads to Doodle's tragic demise. Brother's pride did create a facsimile (copy) of real life for Doodle, but in the end, it crumbled him, brought to its knees by pride and selfishness. Brother did love Doodle, but his ego overshadowed the fact the he was just trying to protect Doodle from a world that doesn't tolerate those that are different.
Holden’s rebellious nature is a result of his desperate attempt to stay out of a phony adult society, but it ends up being a crucial factor in his coming of age process. Wearing his red hunting hat Holden attempts to stand out in the adult world, but it is also crucial being protecting him when he is vulnerable. Holden purchased the hat in New York “just after [he] noticed [he] lost all the goddam foils” (24), which shows that he was feeling vulnerable at the time. When he saw the “red hunting hat, with one of those very, very long peaks” through “the window of [a] sports store” (24), he viewed it as a buffer from the outside world. This can be seen by the way he wears, as he knows it is “very corny”, but didn’t care because he “liked it that way” (24).
Huck knows he must not tell the truth, again to help his friend escape slavery. Another situation is when Huck and Jim first meet the duke and king; Huck soon realizes that they are actually con men. However, he keeps this truth from Jim because he feels that it would be useless to tell him (Twain 99). Huck knows if he tells Jim the truth, unnecessary conflicts could occur. Huck’s lying is justified because he has to in order to protect his friend.
However if those strangers are warriors and they want to either take his kingdom or take his food and wealth, then Odysseus will show no mercy to them and end their lives right then and there. A hero never does something like that, but Odysseus does. Yet Odysseus does thinks of others; his crew, his family, his people in Ithaca, and the people he has met during his journeys out to war and back from war. And in return, those people give him kindness and helps him find a way to his final destination. Odysseus is also acutely aware of his surroundings especially for an illusion, for example, the island with the sirens singing.