Odysseus In Homer's Odyssey

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Odysseus is many things, both literally and metaphorically. He is a son, a husband and a father; a cunning, clever and formidable leader, a famous hero of the Trojan War; and the proud, arrogant and wealthy king of the Greek island of Ithaca. Moreover, he is the favorite of the goddess of wisdom, Athena, but a bitter enemy of Poseidon, god of the sea. Odysseus does indeed also represent the common people, or, everyman, in several ways, for example, he overcomes struggles and obstacles that confront him with his mind as well as possessing unfailing loyalty towards his crew and family and the inconsolable longing for home, both his literal home of Ithaca, and a metaphorical home, a sense of safety and wellbeing. He is also unlike the common

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