Perseverance In The Odyssey

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The character Odysseus in The Odyssey by Homer is portrayed as having wisdom, intelligence, and perseverance. While hurting the Cyclops Odysseus used his insight cautiously into this situation, when he misleads the Cyclops about his identity he demonstrated his sharpness, ultimately pushing through the grief of his men of Scylla. Wisdom is a character trait that can describe Odysseus. Without the wisdom of Odysseus' throughout the entire journey, he would not have been able to return home. His wisdom is exemplified on page 1216 of The Cyclops, where it is written, "My heart beat high now at the chance of action, and drawing the sharp sword from my hip I went along his flank to stab him where the midriff holds the liver. I had touched the spot when sudden fear stayed me: if I killed him we perished there as well, for we could never move his …show more content…

Odysseus’s journey home would have been impossible without his determination. He travels from island to island, all across the Mediterranean, to reach his home. Firstly, perseverance was a hugely important key trait in Odysseus since being able to succeed he was pushed to defeat those obstacles, which is what Odysseus shows on page 1234. It says, "Rough years then lie between you and your homecoming, alone and old, the one survivor, all companions lost." This was when Odysseus and his crew reached the violent whirlpool of Scylla. The six-headed monster ends up eating some of his men. This goes to show that Odysseus sacrificed a few of his men for the majority of his men. He sacrificed them for the greater good. Hiding his knowledge of these obstacles and sacrificing his men takes a lot of determination to be able to do. He pushed through the grief of his men to be able to move on and get back home. Odysseus shows that through all these dangerous obstacles in his life he continues to find a way to get past these obstacles showing perseverance throughout his

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