The Odssey: Better Men
In The Odyssey, written by Homer, the main character Odysseus faced misfortune in his attempts to return home after the Trojan war. His son Telemakhos also faced hardships all the while Odysseus was away. From these misfortunes they both learned to become better men and together were able to regain control of their estate in their homeland of Ithaca.
During his journeys Odysseus often makes the mistake of staying to boast to his enemies but learns that doing so gives his opposition a chance to seek retribution against him. After leaving Troy, Odysseus attacks the land of the Kikones. Instead of leaving after his victory, he stays to celebrate until a force is rallied against him and he must flee with many casualties. Afterwards Odysseus and his crew land on the island of the Kyklopes. They are attacked and some of his men are eaten by Polyphemus. After intoxicating the great Kyklopes, Odysseus and his men blind the monster with a heated spear. The men could have made an escape without incident but Odysseus mocked Polyphemus and shouted out his true identity, when before Odysseus had told him that his name was “Nohbdy.” With this new information Polyphemus
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