A Man Is Not Called Wise Essay

841 Words Sep 16th, 2015 4 Pages

Gautama Buddha once said “A man is not called wise because he talks and talks again; but if he is peaceful, loving, and fearless then he is in truth called wise” Buddha’s thoughts well define Odysseus, the main character in the Greek poem The Odyssey by Homer. Odysseus’ audacity and his fearless-self have kept himself and many of his shipmates alive throughout his voyage back to Ithaca after the War of Troy.
Odysseus tricks the Cyclops, Polyphemus, allowing him and his shipmates to safely get out from the island. Upon Odysseus’ arrival to the Cyclops ' cave, he introduced himself, never saying his name, and he begged for help and an extension of hospitality as they were guarded by Zeus, the protector of guests (Book 9. 180) To this claim, Polyphemus replied by grabbing two of Odysseus’ companions and “beat their brains out” (Book 9. 302). Odysseus then developed an idea to depart the island. In order to achieve , he intoxicated Polyphemus by giving him three bowls of wine (Book 9. 378) As the Cyclops drank his wine, Odysseus had the audacity to introduce himself as “Nobody”, as it stated in book 9, line 380 ‘[C]y[c]lops, [...] [m]y name is Nobody: mother, father, and friends, everyone calls me Nobody.” His strategy worked as his plans came as expected. Once Polyphemus got drunk, Odysseus and his crew rammed a pointy end six-foot pole hole into the Cyclops’ eye (Book 9. 400). In pain, Polyphemus asked the Cyclopes for help, saying…

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