What realization does Odysseus come to by the end of Homer's epic The Odyssey?

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By the end of the poem, Odysseus has come to the realization that he needs to show a little more humility. For a tough Greek warrior with divine blood flowing through his veins, that's quite some epiphany. And yet Odysseus has learned throughout his long, epic voyage that sometimes you have to be humble to get what you want instead of constantly affirming yourself at every opportunity.

Being humble allows Odysseus to suffer the blows and the insults from Penelope's suitors before he finally settles accounts with them. He could just spring into action to avenge his honor the moment he sets foot back on Ithaca. But he doesn't. He goes to the palace disguised as a beggar to get the lie of the land. In this case, humility doesn't just mean wearing a shabby costume and biding your time; it also means admitting that you don't...

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