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Where does Odysseus seem very clever, ingenious, designing, or devising in the Odyssey by Homer?

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All of these characteristics are much in evidence when Odysseus finally returns to Ithaca. Instead of immediately grabbing a spear and heading off the palace to sort out Penelope's suitors, he bides his time. He needs to know what the exact situation is at the palace before he springs into action. In the meantime, he cunningly disguises himself as a beggar; this way, no one in a million years would ever guess his true identity.

Once he's made his way to the palace, Odysseus maintains his disguise, even though he must be itching for revenge against the suitors. Odysseus is king of Ithaca, so to have all these suitors disrespecting him by eating him out of house and home is an outrageous insult to his kingly authority. But Odysseus still doesn't reveal his hand, even when the suitors kick and insult him. As well as displaying ingenuity and cleverness, this part of Odysseus's plan shows us that he can be patient when he wants to be. He wants to lull the suitors into a false sense of...

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