Odysseus and the Cyclops

By: Terrynisha Dumas

Odysseus is a very clever man. Several times in the story Odyssey, he outsmarted the cyclops, Polyphemus. In this one incident he told the Cyclops that his name was "nobody". In the end the Cyclops said that "Nobody, my friends, is trying to kill me by violence or treachery." Guess what, nobody believed him and they all thought that he was crazy.
"I considered the best way of escaping, and saving myself, and my men from death." This part of the story shows how caring Odysseus can be even in a "life or death matter".
Throughout this whole story Odysseus was the leader. The way his character was constructed made it seem like he was born to be a leader. He is the reason why him and some of his men were able to escape the Cyclops cave. As soon as he saw the opportunity to accomplish his plan he took it. He “thrust the stake into the depth if the ashes to heat it, and inspired” his “men with encouraging words, so none would hang back from fear.”