odysseyhow is Odysseus a leader in book 5-8

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I don't really think that he is.  In these books, he's not even with his men so I don't think he really has a chance to lead.  I suppose you could argue that he is a leader because of how he figures out how to deal with Nausikaa and get her to do what he wants.  Or maybe you can say he's a leader when he gets mad at being challenged and criticized in Book 8.  But I think both of those are somewhat of stretches -- I don't really see leadership in these books.

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n Homer's epic tale, The Odyssey, we learn of Odysseus' adventures and trials after leaving the Trojan War. The war took ten years, and he has traveled for ten more since: he has been gone for twenty years—misdirected, taken prisoner, and hampered by the gods. His family has waited a very long time for his return.