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In the novel The Odyssey the protagonist Odysseus is the ruler of a land named Ithaca He is an extremely powerful charismatic man who voyages on a journey to engage in a war against the Trojans in the city of Troy Throughout this story he displays some rather compelling characteristics of a hero His incredible courage and wit give him the help necessary to return home to his devoted wife Penelope and their son Telemachus At one point in the novel Odysseus displays his remarkable characteristic of courage Odysseus and his men wash up on the island of Circe who is a powerful witch who transforms Odysseus men into animals Odysseus plots to save them and escape the island with the goal of returning to Ithaca Because Odysseus refuses to leave his men there to die rescues them instead it shows his remarkable courage and willingness to put himself at risk to rescue others which is the trait of a true hero Odysseus challenges the witches curse by sleeping with her and freeing his men Finally he realizes that he has been put under a spell by Circe to alter his perception of time and is determined to flee from the island immediatelyLater in the story Odysseus displays his cunning wit He and his men go inside the cave of the Cyclops and begin eating his food and taking other items stored in the cave The Cyclops walks in to discover these strangers trespassing but does not act unkindly since Odysseus successfully manages to convince the Cyclops to join them and drink some of their wine He asks Odysseus for his name and he tells him he is called Noman Odysseus is aware of the prophet letting the Cyclops know his actual name so he created a fake name to avoid being killed by the Cyclops Finally when the alcohol got to the Cyclops head Odysseus says Cyclops do you ask me my name Well
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