The Odyssey by Homer

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What are the most important decisions Odysseus makes? Are they good or bad?

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Throughout the Odyssey, Odysseus's decisions determine the course of his homeward journey. Some decisions are relatively minor, like choosing to listen to the Sirens' song as his men row past the island. Others have much greater impact, like remaining incognito when he returns to Ithaca, which enables him to get the measure of the situation there and make plans to retake his home. Every transitional point in the story requires Odysseus to make another decision, sometimes with advance warning and sometimes in the heat of the moment. I've outlined some of them here to get you started, along with their consequences to help you determine whether Odysseus made the correct decision in each case.

The encounter with Polyphemus: Odysseus goes with a small reconnaissance party to investigate the island of the Cyclopes, hoping to find supplies with which to replenish his ships. When they find an abundance of food in the cave of Polyphemus, Odysseus's crew-mates want to take what they can carry and...

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