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How is odysseus intelligent

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kenziee05 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 24, 2013 at 9:00 PM via iOS

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How is odysseus intelligent

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tjbrewer | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted February 24, 2013 at 9:26 PM (Answer #1)

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In the encounter with the Cyclops who claimed to be the son of Poseidon, Odysseus shows his intelligence.  First Odysseus takes the name 'Nobody' so, after he blinds, Cyclops, Cyclops drives his neighbors away by saying "Nobody has blinded me."  He also shows intelligence by blinding Cyclops instead of killing him.  If Odysseus had killed Cyclops, they would have been trapped in the cave.  Later on Odysseus refuses Calypso's offer of eternal life without offending her by flattering her beauty in comparison to the wife he chooses over immortality.  And he also shows intelligence in the way he proves his true identity to Penelope.  I'm sure you can now find even more examples in The Odyssey of Odysseus' intelligence and cleverness.

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