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The Odyssey written by Homer tells the story of Odysseus andhow he faced misfortune in his attempts to return home after the Trojan war Odysseus is not famous for his great strength or bravery but for his ability to deceive and trick From his misfortunes he learned to be a better man and became able to regain his place in his homeland of Ithaca During his journeys Odysseus often makes the mistake of bragging to his enemies but learns that doing this gives his enemies a chance to seek revenge against him After leaving Troy Odysseus attacks the land of the Cicones Instead of leaving after his victory he satys to celebrate until a force is gathered against him He must then flee after many of his men are killed Afterwards Odysseus and his crew land on the island of the Cyclops they are attacked and someof the men are eaten by Polyphemus After getting the giant Cyclops drunk Odysseus and his medn blind the monster with a spear in his one eye The could have made an escape without misfortune but Odysseus mocked Polyphemus and shouted his real name when before Odysseus had told Polyphemus that his name was Noman With this new information Polyphemus prays to his father Peoeidon to have Odysseus and his men punished because he agnered Peoceidon Odysseus must wander throughout the sea while his men slowly die one by one Odysseus learns that bragging can have ill effects and uses this knowledge on the island of Phaecians and Ithaca when he does not openly brag about his deeds and his journeys Odysseus also learns to pay close attention to the instructions of the gods or he might have to face a terrible price When Odysseus and his crew landed at the island of Aeolus they were given a parting gift that would have helped if they had paid attention to the warnings of Aeolus He gave Odysseus
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