What are some examples of Odysseus being boastful or showing an infatuation of self in Homer's Odyssey?

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If we look strictly at the text of the Odyssey, we find Odysseus moving back and forth between responsible and irresponsible words and deeds. As mentioned by lsumner, perhaps the key moment in Homer's Odyssey comes in Book 9. After Odysseus has managed to escape from the Cyclops' cave, he reveals to him his real name (earlier he had told the Cyclops that his name was "Nobody"):

So they argued, but could not daunt my ardent spirit, and I shouted to him again in anger: “Cyclops, if any man asks how you came by your blindness, say that Odysseus, sacker of cities, Laertes' son, a native of Ithaca, maimed you.” (A.S. Kline translation)

Although Odysseus' cunning and trickery had managed to help him and his men escape from the Cyclops' cave, Odysseus, earlier in Book 9, had ignored his men's pleas to leave the Cyclops' cave before the monster returned because HE wanted to "see the giant himself, and test his hospitality".

We also find some suggestion in Odyssey 10 that Odysseus stays with Circe...

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