Odyssey

Master of many exploits" (387), and "The master improviser"

(395). These all have to do with how ingenious Odysseus is

when he needs something. All he does is tell some

outrageous stories and he can get out of any tough spot and

even receive prizes for his story telling. In chapters nine

trough twelve, all Odysseus does is tell stories to the

Phaeacians. In fact he tells ten very outlandish and

descriptive tales. The first was the journey to Ismarus

(211-214). Odysseus "sacked the city, killed men, but as

for the wives and plunder, that rich hall we dragged away

from the place-" (212). His men then wanted to celebrate

their "booty" so they stayed and that proved to be fatal to

his men. Many of them died because they were very conceded,

but Odysseus sat and watched in disgust of their big heads,

because he knew that they should have left right away.

Odysseus prove to be, in this story, very intelligent

because he knew that the Cicones\' would recover and

reattack, and they did and his men had a great loss of life.

Also because he sacked this city, for no reason, it shows

him to be "a raider of cities" (472).

They next reached, "the land of the Lotus-eaters,

people who eat the lotus, mellow fruit and flower" (214).

The Lotus-eaters had no interest in attacking them, but they

just gave them some Lotus to eat (214-215). The lotus was

a, "honey-sweet fruit," (214) and because it was so good,

his men no longer yearned to return home. So, Odysseus had

to drag them back to the ships. This proves Odysseus to be

smart and willful because he was the only one who knew that

they had to go home. (Cyclops story: See above)

They went sailing once again and landed upon the Aolian

island (231-233). Odysseus sent his men to go search out the

island and all of Odysseus\'s men\'s ships were in the harbor

except for his. So, all of a sudden a bunch of huge giants

come out from all over the place and eat all of Odysseus\'s

men except for his ship because he says, "put your backs in

the oars-now row or die!" (234) This proves Odysseus to not

be the best leader, because he allowed his men to be eaten

and destroyed.

They then landed at the Aeaean island (233-248). So

once again he sent his men to go check out the island. They

found the house of Circe and she fed them food that made

them fall asleep and she turned them into pigs. One of

Odysseus\'s men escaped and told Odysseus what had happened

and Odysseus set off to retrieve them. Hermes stopped him

along his tracks and gave him an herb so that he would not

fall asleep and he told him to threaten to kill her and that

would make her want to sleep with him. So, that\'s what

happened and Odysseus retrieved his men back to original

form and then they stayed at her house for a year. This

adventure shows him to be great (190,208,288) and clever

(437,296)

He then went to the House of the Dead (Chapter 11).

Hades is a place where , "their realm and city shrouded in

mist and cloud. The eye of the Sun can never flash its

rays...deadly night overhangs those wretched men." (250).

He then made his sacrifice, " first with milk and honey and

then a mellow wine, third water and last, and sprinkled

glistening barley," (250). The dead came swarming around

and they all had to take out their swords to defend the

blood because they needed Tiresias to come. It was for him.

But they just kept on coming, "blanching terror gripped me!"

(250) Tiresias came later and told Odysseus how to get home.

In this chapter it shows Odysseus to be a "battle-master"

(440, 441, 439) for defending the blood and sacrifice. This

also proves him to be "long-enduring" (341, 344, 459, 485)

because he will do and take what ever he has to, to get home

to Ithica.

These are just a few of the stories Odysseus told to

the Phaeacians. As seen here, these stories were very

elaborate. Needless to say the Phaeacians loved him. So,

when he asked for gifts and for them to take him home, they

agreed. The king of the Phaeacians said, " Come each of us

add a sumptuous tripod, a cauldron!" (286). Therefore

Odysseus returned to Ithica with numerous riches. This also

makes Odysseus out to be a "master of subtlety" (397)

because he may not have even taken all these outrageous

trips but, he subtlety got them to believe and to