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In The Odyssey Odysseus had to face many challenges during his travels a few of these difficulties were a cannibalistic Cyclops huge whirlpools determined suitors along with many hardships Odysseus fought constantly to return to his homeland of Ithaca but to accomplish this Odysseus had to be clever resourceful and have great leadership qualities Odysseus proved throughout the story that he was very clever When he was faced with having to get out of Polyphemuss cave Odysseus first told the Cyclops My name is Nohbdy mother father and friends everyone calls me Nohbdy pg 452 341-342 Odysseus told him this because he knew if the other Cyclopes would come and ask who was with him they would think that Nohbdy was there In another episode Odysseus outsmarted the Sirens he wanted to listen to their sweet song but he knew he would try to jump overboard It was then he got the notion to tell his crew you are to tie me up tight as a splint erect along the mast lashed to the mast and if I shout and beg to be untied take more turns of rope to muffle me pg 459 536-539 This and telling the crew members to put wax in their ears ensured that Odysseus alone could listen to the Sirens song and not die When Odysseus had to figure out how he could kill the Suitors who were staying in his house he had Athena disguise him as an old beggar and then told Telemachus his son to hide all of the Suitors weapons and armor If they asked Telemachus what he was doing he was to tell them he was storing the weapons so that none of the suitors would kill each other if they got into a fight Many times throughout the story Odysseus had to be resourceful enough to accomplish a task by using surrounding things whatever was at hand When he
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