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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
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
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
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
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Geography of the Odyssey, Odyssey, Odysseus, Greek mythology, Scheria, Circe, Tiresias, Lotus-eaters, Odyssean gods
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