In The Odyssey, what is more important to Odysseus, personal glory or family?

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It's an interesting question, and I think it would be a mistake to view the answer in terms of an either-or choice. Keep in mind, Odysseus's return homeward is a journey that unravels across an extraordinary span of time, and this introduces an element of variability into Odysseus's psychology. He's not possessed of a single state of mind across the entire story, through which we can simplify his motivations and intentions. Things are more complicated than that, and in fact, these two motivations (the desire for glory and the desire to return home) tend to be weighed in conversation with one another. They are both important, and at different points in different circumstances, one can outweigh the other.

I would suggest that, ultimately, all told, his main desire is to return to Ithaca and his family—that's what is ultimately driving him. That being said, what we have to understand is that for Greek heroes, they are largely defined in terms of their achievement, and Odysseus is no...

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