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Homers epic poem the Odyssey is one of the oldest pieces of literature ever written Homer wrote it in nearly 700 BC yet people still read it today In the Odyssey our hero Odysseus must serve in the Trojan War and depart with his beloved wife and newborn son Penelope and Telemachus He encounters a series of obstacles and challenges such as Gods monsters and seduction that keep him from returning home Odysseus is a fine example of a hero since he overcomes many adversities on his long perilous journey homeOdysseus first experiences adversity when his ships are blown off course to the land of the Lotus-eaters where danger awaits on the island While the men assemble for their midday meal Odysseus sends two picked men to see who lives on the island The Lotus-eaters do not intend to kill the Achaeans but the danger lies in the lotus flower that the Lotus-eaters live on He immediately senses danger when his men do not return and he displays self-discipline when he refuses to eat the lotus flower In Odysseus perspective I drove them all three wailing to the ships tied them down under their rowing benches 758 Showing proper judgment Odysseus successfully brings the men back to the sea before they get a taste of the honeyed plant the lotus that destroys memory and ambition He demonstrates self-discipline and proper judgment and proves he is a great leaderIn the land of the lawless one-eyed giants Cyclops Odysseus and his men find themselves trapped in the cave of Polyphemos From the text Odysseus announces Cyclops you ask my honorable name Remember the gift you promised me and I shall tell you My name is Nobody mother father friends everyone calls me Nobody 765 Odysseus uses his intellect to deceive Polyphemos by lying about his name It is evident from this statement that Odysseus is an intellectual who evaluates the circumstances and demonstrates critical thinking in making
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