When does Odysseus show bravery in The Odyssey?

Odysseus displays bravery when he overcomes his fears and descends to the underworld to meet Tiresias. He also shows bravery in blinding the Cyclops Polyphemus in order to save the lives of his men. Many of Odysseus's acts of bravery are also accompanied by a degree of hubris.

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Odysseus shows bravery many times throughout the course of the Odyssey. Here are a few of those examples.

During his encounter with the Cyclops (Polyphemus), Odysseus and his men get stuck in a precarious situation. Not only does Odysseus get them stuck in Polyphemus's cave, many of his men die a violent death at the hands of the creature due to Odysseus's hubris. But Odysseus keeps his nerve and devises a plan to escape. He offers the creature wine, stabs it in the eye, and risks death riding under the bellies of the ram to escape from the cave.

Odysseus is brave when he travels to the Underworld to hear his prophecy told by Tiresias, a famous prophet. Not only must Odysseus fend off the dead from the sacrificial pool, he learns that his mother has passed away while he's been at war. He doesn't let either of these scenes shake him, solely focusing on the prophecy that will save his life and get him home.

As Odysseus approaches Scylla and Charybdis, fear begins to permeate his courageous...

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