The Odyssey is a story about a mortal man named Odysseus who faced many events that no normal human would survive. This tale takes us back 3,000 years ago when Odysseus was going home to Ithaca after the Trojan War. He was an intelligent man who made many wise decisions, but like all people, he also made some mistakes.
One terrible mistake that Odyssues made was when he called his name out to the cyclops. Odysseus and his men blinded the cyclops so they could escape the cave. After escaping the cyclops, Odyssues was too proud about his victory against the cyclops, that he needed to claim his glory. He called his name out to the cyclops but little did he know that the cyclops’ father was Poseidon a major god. Calling upon his father, he cursed Odyssues. “....Let him never reach his home or if the other gods decree that he must, let him come late after long suffering ….” (Pg 110). This is Poseidon’s curse that started his battle agaist the dangerous seas. Odysseus was impulsive when he called out his name to the cyclops, he acted without thinking about the consequences.Telling Polyphemus (the cyclops) his real name was a disaster, however, Odysseus also made some good choices before he got cursed.
One good decision that Odysseus made was when he decided not to eat the lotus fruit.
This was an issue because when they got the to Land of the Lotus Eaters the men were drugged when they ate the fruit but Odysseus already knew not to eat the fruit. He knew this because he saw that the men were acting strangely after they ate the fruit. The men all wanted to stay but Odysseus was eager to get home. Odysseus got his men to snap out of it. He got the men to go on the boats. This shows that Odysseus is clever by thinking twice before eating the fruit.
One other good discussion is when Odysseus told the cyclops his name is “Nobody”.
Odyssues’ men went into a big cave that belonged to a cyclops. Odyssues’ men wanted to leave but Odysseus wanted a welcome gift from the owner of the cave. The cyclops came and all the men were afraid and they got trapped in the cave with the cyclops. The cyclops asked Odysseus what his name was. Odysseus replied his name was “Nobody”. This was a good decision because when Odysseus blinded the cyclops, the cyclops’ friends came to help and ask what was going on. The cyclops that was blind, Polyphemus, replied “Nobody” is hurting me. This shows that Odysseus was clever and intelligent to trick a cyclops.
After Odysseus’ long suffering journey, he finally made it back home to his family in Ithaca. He had lost many men when battling monsters because of some wrong decisions he made because he was too confident to think twice about the situation. Even though he made some mistakes, he survived a trip that no one thought he would because of his skills and intelligence and ability to outsmart the monsters.