The man of twists and turns is a fitting name for Odysseus, due to how he reacts and acts in situations. Odysseus has his intelligence to thank for all the problems he has found himself in The Odyssey by Homer. Throughout kingdoms and the heavens, Odysseus has a reputation of being sly. Instead of always pulling out his sword whenever he gets the chance, he thinks of a strategy and gets help from others, and does not always depend on his strength to get him out of sticky situations. He uses his cleverness to help him to escape Cyclops’s, gods’, and even other mortal’s wraths.
In the Odyssey “the Sirens” by Homer, Odysseus demonstrates his leadership skills and by devising a plan to hear the Sirens song without being tricked to stay on the island because he wants to keep himself and his men safe. Odysseus says to his men, “Dear friends, more than one man or two, should know those things Circe foresaw for us and shared with me, so let me tell her forecast”(975). Instead of withholding the information from his men, Odysseus tells them their fate. This shows Odysseus, as a leader, decided to tell his men what was going on at this time because he felt he trusted his men to follow the plan and help him. At other times in the story, Odysseus withholds information from his men as another tactic to essentially help them
In both The Summer Prince and The Odyssey the protagonists are able to save themselves and help members of their society through their special power or unconventionality. During The Odyssey, Odysseus’s special power is his strategy, while in The Summer Prince, June’s unconventionality is her art. Both texts show the main character’s ability to use their unique powers as a way to aid themselves. Odysseus saves himself through his smart tactics and June fixes herself through her artwork about society. While using her power to help her own self, June also utilizes her art to help others.
In The Odyssey, Odysseus’ encounter with Nausikaa externally represents Odysseus’ calculated way of thinking and humble character when he asks for help from others. Odysseus is fully aware of his actions and makes sure that his actions yield the results that he desires. On page 103, lines 152-159, it states, “ And Odysseus came, debating inwardly what he should do: embrace this beauty’s knees in supplication? Or stand apart, and, using honeyed speech… In his swift reckoning, he thought it best to trust in words to please her… he might anger the girl, touching her knees.”
Bravery, cleverness, and determination are three traits a good leader has. In Homer’s epic “The Odyssey,” Odysseus, the hero in the story, is trying to return home to Ithaca after his victory in Troy. On their way back home, Odysseus and his men hurt the cyclops, Polyphemus, and angered his father, Poseidon. With a god angry at them, Odysseus and his men had to overcome many obstacles. These obstacles led them to strange islands that had goddesses and dangerous creatures.
Appetites and Their Consequences in The Odyssey In Homer’s The Odyssey, Circe advises Odysseus that in order to survive, he must control his appetite to have a good reputation. On some occasions Odysseus listens to the advice, but at other times his intense appetite blocks him from achieving strong leadership. Odysseus wants to be well liked and perceived as a hero, but as Circe tries to warn him, sometimes survival must come before the desire to be a hero.
Throughout his journey, Odysseus and his men faces numerous temptations. When Odysseus is at Circe’s island to rescue his men, as he and his crew were about to depart Circe tell Odysseus “Remain with me, and share my meat and wine’ restore behind your ribs those gallant hearts/ that served you in the old days, when you sailed/ from stony Ithaka. ”(X.509-511). Odysseus falls into the hands of Circe as she tempts the crew with as much meat and wine they want. He and his crew givegave into Circe’s island, regaining the fat he lost, as the year goes by.
Nausicaa's encounter with odysseus; analysis At the beginning of book six thanks to minerva we are presented with a dramatic scene between the desperate battered hero, odysseus and a young fragile girl, Nausicaa. A confrontation between two polar opposites could go in any direction. Odysseus displays cunning intelligence in order to save his fate. Minerva lures nausicaa encourages nausicaa to the resting place of odysseus with not only thoughts of pleasing her father and mother but the idea of marriage. "Nausicaa, what can your mother have been about, to have such a lazy daughter?
In the epic poem, The Odyssey, the hero Odysseus shows many heroic traits, but the most important trait is restraint. The first episode when Odysseus shows restraint is when they land of the land of the lotus eaters. Odysseus could have stayed there and got super high and addicted and been happy on lotus for the rest of forever, but instead he got his men and he went back to his ship because he knew that he had a job to do. He had to have a lot of restraint to stop from trying out the lotus.
Similarly, Odysseus doesn’t communicate any of the information given to him by Circe. Odysseus is given two choices by Circe for the first part of the journey, sail close two different rocks, Scylla or Charybdis. While it is possible for the crew to avoid misfortunes by sailing near Charybdis, avoid when she sucks down the black water, Odysseus chooses to sail near Scylla where there is no avoiding the deaths of at least six crew members (12. 99-111). Additionally, Odysseus doesn’t fully take the advice of Circe and uses weaponry, even though Circe warns him not to arm himself no matter the circumstances (12. 234-235). Odysseus’ inability to fully follow directions proves his large ego, and belief that he can do no wrong.