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In The Odyssey by Homer the character Odysseus proves his resourcefulness and intelligence He uses this cleverness throughout the book in his adventures proving his peira or worth since he is an epic hero He is known by all including the gods for his cleverness On the island of Kalypso Odysseus proves that he is faithful to his wife and also clever in how he addresses Kalypso Kalypso begs him in Book 5 to stay with her and her temptation nearly makes Odysseus fall for her allure She promises not only to save him from having to face problems in getting home but to also give him immortality which is a very desirable choice for anyone But Odysseus is not interested He wants to be back with his wife but when asked who is more beautiful he tactfully replies to Kalypso My lady goddess here is no cause for anger My quiet Penelope--how well I know-- Would seem a shade before your majesty Death and old age being unknown to you While she must diep 87 Saying that Kalypso is more beautiful than Penelope is Kalypsos plea causes tension in Odysseus journey He wants to see his wife and home again but he also presumably wants all the tempting things Kalypso has to offer He makes a wise decision in making her swear by the Styx that she will not try to harm him if he chooses to go home This is wise as she cannot break this promise and proves his cunning Odysseus proves his resourcefulness a couple times on the island of the Cyclops known as Polyphemos Odysseus tells the Cyclops that his name is Nobody so after poking the monsters eye out the Cyclops cannot tell the others of his race who disabled him He feeds the Cyclops potent alcohol and finally gouges his eye out These actions show that Odysseus is resourceful and clever and doesnt lose
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