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1 Does the Odysseus of these books seem different in character from the Odysseus of Books V XII If so why In the books 5 to 12 Odysseus character does not really undergo any transitions from one facet to another Odysseus still carries the same attributes and traits right through to the end of the story It is however evident in book 22 when Odysseus takes his revenge upon the suitors that we see a totally different side to Odysseus character Both these two points will be addressed in this answer At the beginning of the Epic Odysseus is presented as a very brave and heroic man who often thinks about his home wife and son He is a character that loves story telling which also includes lying with the greatest of ease Odysseus the man of many resources never changes in his ways throughout the rest of the Epic as he remains constant to all his former attributes In this way it is obvious that Odysseus is a very stable hero who acts and thinks in the same manner always much like any human However there is a twist to this debate as in Book 22 when he fights the suitors and prevails we do see a very different side to the character of Odysseus In this book Homer presents Odysseus to us as a very ruthless and un-forgiving character one who has everything set on destroying all he can Odysseus could basically be described as heartless We see this in particular when Odysseus stuck Leodes full in the neck Leodes had submitted to Odysseus yet he was blessed with no hope of recognition as Odysseus had already decided upon the suitors fate This is quite a change in the way that Odysseus is portrayed in all the other episodes of The Odyssey From this it is clear that the answer to this question is very double
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