I am in great awe after I heard the story of a great man and his voyage home. i can feel the intense power of his passion as he speaks of his journey. His voice travels into my soul bringing me into the exact times and places where he has been. He tells his story like a man who yearns for nourishment. His words are like of a human who thirsts for the comfort of his own land. His struggles to fight the pitfalls of temptations make him the man of many wiles. His name is Odysseus.
In Odysseus' voyage, he conquers vast unhibited lands. He faces natural and supernatural perils. He even comes face to face with death. Each of these places serves as windows that reveal his real character. In Cicones, Odysseus tries to warn his men that they have to leave. However, they defy Odysseus. Consequently, the Cicones are able to get their revenge which leads to his comrade's inevitable death. With a burdened heart, Odysseus had no choice but to sail away. His compassion towards his men reflects through his agonizing pain.
Odysseus is a man of sharp intellect which he is distinguishly known. He is able to overcome his trials through his brilliant strategy. His encounter with the Cyclops proves his cunning wits. Odysseus with his twelve other men are trapped in the cave of the one-eyed and flesh-eating giant. It seems that there is no way they can escape their horrible fate in the cave. Except that Odysseus made a plot which saves them from the cruel hands of the Cyclops.
Odysseus has an interesting quality. he is willing to pay a price for the sake of knowledge. Circe tells Odysseus and his men that they have to put bee's wax on their ears when they pass the Siren's isle. However, because of his curiousness on what is it that makes you forget the important things in life when you hear the Siren's song, Odysseus doesn't comply. Rather, he tells his comrades to tie him. If by any chance he tells them to free him, they have to bind him more.
My heart cries out to Odysseus. He might not say directly that he is tired of all he's going through but somehow it shows. He's like an ocean that yields little information on what really lies beneath. I see through his armor that there is vulnerability inside. He cries when he hears the song of Demodocus. However, he bows his head so nobody will know that he is in deep anguish. He has to appear tough for the sake of his men and family.
Odysseus' strength, courage, nobility, and confidence in his authority make him a man. What really completes Odysseus' exceptional being is his sense of accountability for his faults. he admits his shortcomings.