The most comprehensive image and character of Odysseus is in Homer's poems disclosed "Iliad" and "Odyssey." Although the poem is the heroic, there are not heroic traits in the image of the hero that is the main thing. They recede into the background in comparison with qualities such as intelligence, cunning, resourcefulness and prudence. The main feature of the Odyssey is an irresistible desire to return home to his family.
Most likely, his outstanding mental abilities Odyssey inherited from his divine ancestors (Laertes, Acrisius, Zeus, Hermes), which are famous not only for their strength but also mental abilities.
Judging from both the Homeric poems, the Odyssey - a truly epic hero and at the same time what is called a "fully developed personality": a brave warrior and a clever commander, an experienced intelligence officer, the first in a fistfight and running athlete, a brave seaman, a skilled carpenter, hunter, trader, a prudent owner, a narrator. Image of Odyssey is woven of contradictions, hyperbole and grotesque. There are highlighted the fluidity of human nature, its ability to metamorphosis in the eternal search of new parties being. Odyssey is protected by wise and warlike Athena, and he often recalls the sea god Proteus for his ability to change his appearance. For ten years, returning home, he appears navigator, Rogue, Shaman, and so on.
It is felt that the hero "splits" at the same time: he genuinely experienced the death of friends, suffered, eager to return home, but he was enjoying the play of life, easily and skillfully played the role offered to him by circumstances. His identity and destiny are inextricably interwoven tragic and the comic, the high feelings and everyday prose. There is shown and other negative aspects of the identity of Odysseus, such that everyone normally has - he behaves sometimes not in the best way: greedy, lays currently the best piece at the feast, waiting for gifts even from Polyphemus, showing cruelty to slaves, lies and twist for some benefit. Still, the overall balance and sympathy is in favor of Odysseus - the sufferer, a patriot and a tireless traveler, warrior, sage, discoverer of new spaces and new possibilities of man. Odysseus finally realizes and repents to cope with his passions and always achieve his goals!
Odyssey is a creative person, searching and wandering. But, as in a labyrinth, in each wandering there is a risk of getting lost.
The most comprehensive image and character of Odysseus is in Homer's poems disclosed "Iliad" and "Odyssey." Although the poem is the heroic, there are not heroic traits in the image of the hero that is the main thing. They recede into the background in comparison with qualities such as intelligence, cunning, resourcefulness and prudence.