The Odyssey by Homer is an epic poem that has been a significant piece of literature
since it was first composed and will remain so for ages to come. One of the reasons is
because of the hero, Odysseus. The other reason is because this epic poem
teaches values. The most important one is bravery. The reason Odysseus is able to
escape Cyclops and Spirits from Hades is because he is brave. He is not afraid to face
them. His bravery is the light towards his destiny, which is reaching his home - Ithaca.
The first time Odysseus shows his bravery is when he and his men are trapped in
Polyphemus' cave. He does not panic, but he uses his time wisely to think of a plan.
When he comes up with a plan he is brave enough to be the one who offers wine to
Polyphemus. On page 78 Odysseus says, " Here, Cyclops, take this wine and drink after
you feast on human flesh, and learn how good a drink we kept hidden withing our ships".
Later on Odysseus and his men show their bravery by not being afraid to poke
Polyphemus' eye out and escape from his cave when he opens the exit. It is clear that
their bravery saves their lives and they are able to continue their adventure.
The second time bravery is helpful to Odysseus and his men is when they need
advise about getting home. They are brave enough to go to Hades and look for blind
Tiresias. Before Odysseus finds Tiresias he has to face dangerous spirits, but he is
brave and does not run. On page 120 Odysseus tells about his visit to Hades, "Round the
pit they [ spirits ] gathered on every side,