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Odysseus Sun and Shadow Traits The traits or characteristics of a person play a major role in hisher life The sun side is the ostensible meaning the side that is most obvious and bare of all symbols inner meanings and shrouded connotations The shadow side is the hidden element of a person or the side that they would rather keep from the public view knowing that it is dark or evil No matter who they are everybody has these two sides in them In Homers epic poem The Odyssey Odysseus the protagonist has many traits both good and bad Born to the title King of Ithaca Odysseus possesses many skills befit of a leader We must obey the orders as I give themyou at the tiller listen and take in all that I say 708 This quote shows that Odysseus has a natural talent for being at the head of things He gives orders easily and nonchalantly expecting them to followed to the letter due to his confidence and self-belief If it were not for Odysseuss quick judgment and guileful train of thought the Greeks would not have been victorious over the Trojans These included the Trojan horse and other such ideas Odysseus displays his experience as a leader in full when he uses his ingenuity to create a strategy to incapacitate Polyphemus and escape But not before driving a spike through Polyphemus eye as revenge for the killing of his men This shows how he also cares for his men and how he did not let them die in vain He also shows his cunning when he gives Polyphemus a false name that sounded like nobody So when Polyphemus kin came to help him he could only say that nobody hurt him Another one of Odysseuss sun traits is his fortitude When the gauntlet is thrown down he will not hesitate to pick it up in an instant I have been detained long by
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