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Odysseus the hero of The Odyssey has found himself in many interesting as well as dangerous predicaments Although these predicaments were extremely challenging Odysseus always found a way to survive His survival depended on his mind and body combined Without this important balance of thought and strength it is obvious that Odysseus would not have made it home safely or he may have not even made it home at all Throughout The Odyssey by Homer Odysseus showed amazing personal qualities that enabled him to survive his adventures His third stop on his voyage home to Ithaca was the land of the Cyclopes where Odysseus successfully escaped danger Odysseus showed guile when creating his escape plan Odysseus fed Polyphemus the Cyclops who captured him and his troops and kept them hostage inside his cave wine to make him drunk To trick Polyphemus when he was drunk Odysseus said My name is Nohbdy mother father and friends everybody calls me Nohbdy p 608 lines 298-299 Odysseus showed bravery and strength when fighting the Cyclops Although Odysseus did not carry out his action he was brave enough to be willing to risk his life to slay Polyphemus with his sword Instead of fighting with his sword he decided to poke out the giant eye of Polyphemus which not only required his strength but also the strength of four other men Odysseus showed amazing intelligence in carrying out his escape plan As stated above Odysseus was intelligent enough to recognize the importance of keeping Polyphemus alive in order to be able to escape Odysseus also used his intelligence to notice that if he and his men hid under Polyphemus rams when they were let out to graze they could escape with the rams Upon Odysseus return to his home Ithaca he had to get his revenge to save his family as well as his home Odysseus showed guile in Ithaca as well He came to Ithaca disguised as a
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