How would you characterize Odysseus from the book The Odyssey?

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missy575 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think you can call Odysseus responsible because he covered the mens ears with wax and had himself tied up so he could hear the Sirens sing. This event shows he wanted to experience the Sirens but knew if he heard it and had the ability to steer the vessel he was on, he would have crashed it into the rocks on Sirens' Island.

You can also call him loyal. As he refers to his relationships with Circe and Calypso, he acknowledges that in his heart he never gave consent. Although it's a bummer he was 'detained' by both of these goddesses, I think he makes the point that he didn't want to be with them.

Obviously he is brave. Taking out all the suitors, drifting alone at sea and going into the land of the dead all prove his valiant nobility.

kmcappello eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Odysseus is a famous Greek hero who fought in the Trojan War.  He was sidetracked multiple times on his way back home to his wife Penelope, and had many adventures during that time.

Odysseus is hot-tempered, highly intelligent, and very proud.  His cleverness gets him out of many scrapes, such as when he is trapped in a cave by the Cyclops.  He blinds the Cyclops, then disguises himself with sheepskins to sneak by the monster and escape.  His pride shows itself, then, as he taunts the scarred Cyclops while he sails away.  He shows his anger many times as well, especially when he dispatches with all his wife's suitors.