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In the Odyssey Homer created the character Odysseus There are many sides to his personality The book shows Odysseus as a family man It shows him as a compassionate man He also makes mistakes and has weaknesses In the Odyssey Odysseus shows his love for his family He surmounts many obstacles and gets back home to Ithaca There his faithful wife Penelope and his son Telemachus awaited his return He wanted to be with his family so badly that he turned down immortality and life with the beautiful goddess Calypso in exchange to get back home When he reaches Ithaca he fights and kills the suitors that wanted to steal his home and family Other traits in Odysseus character are his compassion and patience For example in the book he shows his concern and compassion on Circes Island She transformed his men into pigs After he found out he put his own life in danger and saved his crew Odysseus patience is also an important trait He thinks things through before he acts His patience has spared him and his men many times in the story He uses this back in Ithaca when he was an old beggar He waited for the right time to reveal his identity On the other hand Odysseus still had many human weaknesses He was too proud and boastful This shows when him and his men were on the island of the cyclopes Their ship had already left the island safely But Odysseus brags about what he did to Polythemus The giant hears this and throws boulders towards their ship The ship came very close to sinking He accidently gives his name away and Polythemus calls Poseidon to punish him This incident ends up hindering him from
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