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In "The Odyssey," what are Odysseus's strengths and weakness? How does they...

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azngrl318 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 16, 2008 at 3:12 AM via web

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In "The Odyssey," what are Odysseus's strengths and weakness? How does they show on Helios's Island?

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jgomezada | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted November 17, 2008 at 6:30 AM (Answer #1)

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Odysseus is a very curious, strong, resourceful, smart, and determined man. That said, he is also stubborn, defiant, proud, and full of hubris, all traits which often get him in trouble.

Odysseus was warned by Circe to stay away from Helios' island. However, his men's complaints and his curiosity and defiance got the better of him, and he allowed his men to land the ship there. Once on the sun god's island, Odyseus' men disobeyed him and ate the god's cattle. Zeus then hurled a thunderbolt at their ship and it is only through Odysseus determination and strength that he survived.

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