What are some characteristics of Odysseus?

Some characteristics of Odysseus are intelligence, strength, courage, hubris, shrewdness, curiosity, and charisma.

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Odysseus is described as a powerful warrior with steely muscles. He is a supremely self-confident leader who is used to being in charge, and he has a strong sense of self-worth.

However, his most important characteristic is his intelligence. He can think his way through and out of any situation—and is willing to act decisively once he determines what to do. For example, when his men are lolling about the island of the Lotus Eaters in a drugged state, he realizes he has to take matters into his own hands—and he literally does so, dragging the men physically back to the boats and tying them to oars, then ordering them to row. Likewise, when he wants to hear the song of the Sirens but not be trapped by it, he has himself tied firmly to his mast so that he cannot escape, allowing him to listen to the song but elude its power. Odysseus is also famous for being a trickster, especially after he returns home in disguise and uses his wiles to kill his enemies and regain his rightful place.

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Last Updated by eNotes Editorial on December 27, 2019