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Have you ever noticed how people tend to have some very positive traits but then they cancel them out with negative traits This is a typical aspect of human natureHuman nature is not perfect it is a very intricate web of traits both positive and negative This aspect of human nature is shown in both The Odyssey by Homerwith Odysseus and Into Thin Air by John Krakauer with John They are both intelligent men they can make some very poor decisions Odysseus is very intelligent He uses his intelligence against Polyphemus and escapes from him Odysseus first uses his intelligence when he tells the Cyclops that his name is nobody Nobody-- thats my name Nobody-- so my mother and father call me and my friends223 lines 410-411When he gouges the Cyclopss eye the Cyclops tries to obtain aid from his friends and screams out Nobody friends Nobodys killing me now by fraud and not by force brains not braun 224 lines 453-454 His friends reply If youre alone and nobody is trying to overpower you now-- look it must be a plague sent here by mighty Zeus and theres no escape from that 224lines 455- 459 Odysseus managed to fool all of the Cyclops with his intelligence But only a short while after his tendency to make poor decisions comes into play Odysseus showing his poor-decision-making trait escapes the island and than only a short distance from the shore he foolishly taunts the Cyclops and almosts pays for his poor decision with his life So Cyclops no weak coward it was whose crew you bent to devour there in your vaulted cave-- you with your brute force Your filthy crimes came down upon your own head you shameless cannibal daring to eat your guest
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