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What character trait does Odysseus display in "The Land of the Dead" that he does not...

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torso2 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted March 10, 2009 at 9:40 PM via web

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What character trait does Odysseus display in "The Land of the Dead" that he does not reveal in his adventure with the cyclops?

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joe30pl | College Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted March 11, 2009 at 5:12 AM (Answer #1)

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Odysseus, while in the Underworld, is almost a totally different character than the cunning trickster who blinded the son of Poseidon. Unlike the previous lands and adventures, Odysseus is not waylaid, but rather enters deliberately. In contrast to his boasting and bragging about blinding the monster, here we see him grieving. When he spies the soul of the warrior Ajax, he tries to apologize. Ajax refuses to speak, causing Odysseus to plead with the ghost. His grief at his failure to embrace his mother plays out in a similar fashion. Here, surrounded by the dead, we see a man confronting both his failures and the people he failed. He expresses great regret and grief, showing the reader a man that seems to feel sorrow and empathy, but only when it is too late to do anything.

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