In the book "The Odyssey," how does Odysseus show cruelty ?
Odysseus shows cruely several times, but the most marked is when he kills the suitors. Even Homer says so. Look at Book XXII:
Odysseus answered, “Telemachus and I will hold these suitors in check, no matter what they do; go back both of you and bind Melanthius' hands and feet behind him. Throw him into the store room and make the door fast behind you; then fasten a noose about his body, and string him close up to the rafters from a high bearing-post, that he may linger on in an agony.”
Wanting someone to be in agony sounds cruel, and Homer even says, a few lines later "There, then, they left him in very cruel bondage..." calling the act cruel.
He does other cruel things, but that stands out. Yes, the suitors robbed him--but kill them all? And to torture?
Odysseus also shows cruelty after killing the suitors. He decides to hang the maids who were disloyal to him and his wife. This is definitely a show of cruelty in that it is somewhat understandable for him to kill the suitors who antagonized his loyal wife for so long a time, however killing the maids just seems to go too far.