Odysseus Leadership In Homer's The Odyssey

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Throughout the story “The Odyssey” by Homer Odysseus, the main character counters countless amounts of trouble. As king and leader it is his job to keep his men save and get the job done. Odysseus does whatever it takes to keep his men unharmed, and more importantly, alive. All his crew and him dream about is getting back to their homeland, but first they have to pass the obstacles. Odysseus demonstrates good leadership qualities by doing whatever it takes to get the job done, using his advanced cunning abilities to trick his enemy, and constantly saving his crew from dangers. Odysseus displays a strong act of leadership by doing whatever it takes to get done. Whether it's fighting Sirens or a cyclops Odysseus does whatever he could to get his men past the obstacle. In the text it states “I carried wax along the line and laid it in their ears.” (Homer 12. 116-117)This quote represents Odysseus and shows how he is not going to give up his crew to the sirens. Lugging it near the Cyclops as more than natural force nerved them; Straight forward they sprinted, lifted it, and rammed it deep in his crater eye. (Homer 9. 289-292) When they were stuck on cyclops island with no hope Odysseus found a way to fight back and save his men from the island. Odysseus displays good…show more content…
When Odysseus had to save his men from Circe's, he drank something before he went to confront her that would make her spell not work on him. ¨I drank and the drink failed.¨ (Homer 12. 49) This relates to Odysseus’ cunning abilities because he tricked her by not allowing her spells to work on him. Odysseus even states it himself as he says “Men hold me formidable for guile in peace and war.” (Homer 2. 7-8). As this quote means that he is feared on a large scale for his cunningness and slyness. Odysseus manifests good leadership skills by tricking his enemies to get one step closer to his
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