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In the Odyssey, Odysseus uses physical strength as well as cunningness to accomplish heroic feats. The inclusion of Odysseus among the leaders of the Trojan War leads to the formation of ideas about Odysseus’s power, about his decisive role in taking Troy (the motif of the invented wooden horse) and to heroize the folklorious cunning as “the destroyer of cities.” Odysseus met on top of his human obstacles and overcame them due to his courage and strength, sometimes with little support of a cunning maneuver, magical action or divine helper. The poem emphasizes the divine origin of the hero, although he, as is typical of the epic hero, he is a brave warrior, a master of melee and archery. For example, when he returns to Ithaca and finds himself in his own house in the clothes of a beggar and unrecognized, he is subjected to ridicule and persecution of Penelope’s suitors. Odysseus shoots them from his bow, because only he could pull the string of this weapon. The unavoidable contradictions in Odysseus’s character and actions reveal the archetype of a highly moral epic hero. Odysseus is cunning sometimes slightly supported by courage and strength. Odysseus also receives significant help from the gods, usually from Athena, traditionally considered the goddess of wisdom, although it would be more accurate to call her the goddess of a cunning, sophisticated mind. For example, Odysseus did not want to take part in the campaign on Troy and pretended to be insane. Odysseus usually uses his cunningness and ingenuity to achieve good goals – for example, these qualities often save him and his companions from various dangers. So with the help of the use of his cunningness, he gets out of the cave under the belly of a ram, grabbing for his hair and thereby deceiving the vigilance of the blind Polyphemus. There he had to hide his name that did not anger the gods and then he said this: “Noman is my name. They call me Noman – My mother, my father, and all my friends, too.” (9.366-367). He prefers to decide not in open battle and not through confrontation, but at the expense of cunningness and the ability to persuade and deceive.


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