Odysseus Free Will In Homer's Odyssey '

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The last key point that is important to realize is that Odysseus thinks through his choices and advice. We have already seen that Odysseus is a thought out planner and a social situation genius, yet he is also wise with the choices and advice he decides to take. When Odysseus returns to Circe for the funeral, Circe gives Odysseus some significant advice that can help him get home. She tells him about the Sirens and the monsters and gives him advice on what routes to take and what precautions to take. Odysseus could of easily ignored this information, seeing as he is a crafty man who thinks very highly of himself, but Odysseus realizes that the advice will benefit him and his crew, so he decides to put this advice to use. “Ah my daring, reckless friends! You who ventured down to the House of Death alive,…show more content…
22-30). Odysseus was wise to take Circe’s advice, as well as Tiresias's advice in the Kingdom of the Dead. Tiresias advised Odysseus not to eat Helios’s cattle, which failed because of the crew’s need to eat or die of starvation. Although, Odysseus did follow through with the rest of Tiresias’s advice, as he killed the suitors in order to save his family and his kingdom. A few choices that tested Odysseus’s ability for decision making was during the trials and Odysseus was cautious with the emotions that he let overcome him in order to make a choice. Sometimes Odysseus’s emotional need for rest and relaxation got the best of him, but that was only on one occasion. Odysseus made the selection to use his motives and emotions to choose the right way of path and ultimately save him from what could've been a deadly consequence. One trial where is occurred is when the crew was getting caught up in the moment with the Cicones, Odysseus made the choice not to get caught up in victory, but to continue going on his journey. If Odysseus were to of been in that mindset, all of the crew could’ve possibly gotten killed. “Then I urged them to cut and run, set sail, / but

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