One of the shades Odysseus sees in the Underworld.

Achilles tells Odysseus that there are many reasons why he will definitely not return to the fighting and instead, will return home to Phthia, but his tutor Phoinix and his friend Ajax seem to soften his anger. He tells Phoinix that in the morning they shall both decide if they should return home, and to Ajax he pledges to return to the battle if Hektor reaches the ships of his people, the Myrmidons. The embassy has succeeded in changing Achilles' mind in some ways, and there seems to be some cause for hope. Why then did Odysseus only repeat the words Achilles spoke to him when he returned to Agamemnon and the others, omitting the more hopeful conversations that Achilles had with Phoinix and Ajax? When he did not, why then did Ajax not expand on what Odysseus related to the king? The answers to these questions are open to speculation. Did Odysseus assume that the best course of action was to put thoughts of Achilles aside since his future involvement was so precarious, and better to plow ahead with other strategies? Or was he so confident in his own capabilities that he decided that all was lost if he could not change Achilles' mind? Whatever the case, this time Odysseus does not get the job done -- something that will be seen again in Sophocles' .

On Odysseus' death he went with Penelope to the island of Aeaea, where he married Circe.

Odysseus' strong suit by far seems to be the way in which he uses words to achieve whatever goal he desires. Homer calls him "Odysseus, the equal of Zeus in counsel" on more than one occasion, which was a fine compliment. W.B. Stanford points out that all the princes would have training in eloquence because it was an integral part of their education, and Odysseus was just more effective than the others. With this ability, his specialty is as an ambassador for the Atreidae and this is his primary function. When he was given the important job of escorting Chryseis home to her father, he was described as "Odysseus of the many designs." His next mission was a member of the embassy that tried to convince Achilles to rejoin the fighting and to help them win the war. The Atreidae sent for him and he begins his speech to Achilles by complimenting him and assuring him that he is needed "to rescue the afflicted sons of the Achaians from the Trojan onslaught." He mentions the good advice that Achilles' father Peleus gave him about being careful with his anger, and begins to list off all the gifts that Agamemnon has promised for his return. Odysseus related Agamemnon's words verbatim until he comes to these:


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Odysseus may be the Odyssey's hero, but we actually think Telemachos is more interesting.

In The Odyssey by Homer, Penelope overcomes numerous obstacles to wait for Odysseus’s return while he struggles to overcome the perils of his journey and return to Penelope.


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Although Odysseus's cowardice is evidence enough to avoid calling him a hero, another reason why Odysseus should not be considered a hero is his lack of respect for his men.

Throughout the whole story, Odysseus is trying to get home.

At the end of his seven years with Calypso, we see the goddess in her preparation for his departure, bathing and then clothing Odysseus “in fragrant garments” (5.264), as if in preparation for burial. I’m brought back to Utnapishtim’s symbolic redressing of Gilgamesh (signifying the death of the old role of the warrior king). Like the earlier epic , thematically concerned with the process of humanization, the, too, is concerned with humanization and for the aim of protecting the order of the ancient city—as psychological and as socially literal as that was, and continues to be. How do we help our young men and women coming home from a war of ambiguity, when the enemy is unclear or hidden? How do we help our young soldiers re-enter their cities that have continued on without them, and in some cases, like the suitors in the house of Odysseus, seem to have grown fat on borrowed meat and wine?

His name is taken from the father of Odysseus in Homer’s Odyssey

‘Then I heard Polyphemus cry out, "I call upon Poseidon, the god of the sea, whose son I am, to avenge me upon you, Odysseus. I call upon Poseidon to grant that you, Odysseus, may never come to your home, or if the gods have ordained your return, that you come to it after much toil and suffering, in an evil plight and in a stranger’s ship, to find sorrow in your home."’

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During the lengthy trip, Odysseus shows how determined and extremely intelligent he can be by fighting through unbelievable things throughout the story.