One of Odysseus’ best traits as a leader was his brilliant mind. Without his continuous wits, Odysseus would have never gotten his crew as far as he did. A great example of this creativity is when Odysseus and his men were trapped in the Cyclops’ (Polyphemus) cave. It was Odysseus who came up with blinding the drunken monster with a sharpened log and it was he who tricked the great Cyclops with his “Nohbdy” scheme: “My name is Nohbdy: mother, father, and friends/everyone calls me Nohbdy” (827-828), sang Odysseus to the intoxicated Cyclops. The dazzling intelligence of Odysseus also helped him and his men escape from the evil Polyphemus to safer grounds. He said,
“I drew on all my wits, and ran through tactics,
reasoning as a man will for dear life,
until a trick came – and it pleased me well.
The Cyclops’ rams were handsome, fat, with heavy
fleeces, a dark violet” (887-891).
With this, Odysseus tied three rams together and “slung a ma...
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