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Brief Essay on Odysseus Odysseus Ulysses in Latin as described in Homers The Iliad and The Odyssey was the son of Laertes husband of Penelope and father of Telemechus He was also the King of the Greek Island Ithaka and the leader of the Greeks during the Trojan War After the war ended Odysseus endured a ten-year odyssey in which he tried to get back to the family and country that he loved so deeply Known as the master of schemes Odysseus was able to survive the war and the return to his homeland by using wisdom cunning and physical strength to overcome great obstacles His feats of heroism include the invention of the Trojan horse which in turn led to the defeat of the Trojans blinding Cyclops Polyphemus and sleighing his beloved Penelopes suitorsthose who had attempted to win her heart in the long absence of Odysseus during and after the war Some critics have said that Odysseus was a hero in the true sense of the word while others have noted that his heroic acts were nothing more than selfish acts that allowed him to stay alive at the expense of the lives of others However it makes more sense to see Odysseus as a hero because the many themes of The Odyssey include the idea of hospitality to strangers loyalty to friends and family and the balance between pride and honor Homer portrayed Odysseus as an explorer sufferer leader and a liar and it is through each experience that Odysseus learns to temper his pride As he does so he becomes more empowered to find his way home to the family and countrymen that he feels truly honored by Odysseuss use of his mental and physical abilities allowed him to survive through all of the dangerous events he encountered and the strong desire to persevere ultimately led him back to his homeland where he reunited with his family and restored peace
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