Was Odysseus a man of twists and turns in The Odyssey?

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Odysseus has almost become a byword for a wily, cunning character, and the narration of the return to Ithaca and power of Odysseus only cements his reputation that is already highlighted by his exploits in The Iliad and his idea that brings down Troy. Note the number of times that Odysseus pretends to be somebody else or deliberately lies or disguises himself. He appears to be a character that is in love with deception and disguise, carrying on pretences long after they appear to be necessary, as was the case with his loyal swineherd on Ithaca, who it was obvious that he could trust. Odysseus loves weaving stories full of lies so much that even Athena herself comments on it. Therefore, I think we can safely say that your description of Odysseus as a "man of twists and turns" has definite merit.

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