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Odysseus was portrayed as an ingenious hero of the epic all through THE ODYSSEY by HOMER. Even though, Odysseus had many traits which proved him to be an ingenious person but the two most important traits were, Odysseus being strategic and clever.

Odysseus suffered from many dangerous situations but he overcame over those situations with the help of his outstanding strategies. For instance, Odysseus and his companions were captured by a Cyclope, whose name was Polyphemus. But later, Odysseus with his companions succeeded to run away because of Odysseus's clever strategy. When Odysseus and his companions landed on Cyclopeian Island, Odysseus wanted to investigate that what type of men lived there. Therefore, Odysseus with his companions walked up to a cave. There they found food and lambs, Odysseus's men wanted to eat the food but Odysseus asked them not to eat them. Later, Polyphemus, a monster with only one big eye in the middle of his head, returned to the cave, Odysseus and his men hid and saw him milked the ewes.

When Polyphemus saw them, he didn't waste a minute in having a might dinner. So he killed two of Odysseus's men brutally and ate them in dinner. Although, Odysseus had a sword but didn't dare to kill Polyphemus because he was afraid that he wouldn't be able to move the stone in front of the cave's entrance, which Polyphemus could only move. Odysseus became afraid that soon Polyphemus would eat every one of them, later; Odysseus came up with a clever idea. When dawn rises, Polyphemus lighted a fire and takes his sheep through the door. On the other hand, Odysseus found a giant size wood of olive tree and sharpened it in the fire to poke Polyphemus with that wood, moreover they...