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    Is Odysseus’ knack for lying actually a character fault? Can you give examples to support your claim?


    Sean Mcpartlin

    It can be argued that yes this knack for lying perhaps caused Odysseus drawn out ‘nostos’. Odysseus’ lying proved fruitful in Book 9 when dealing with Polyphemus but his lying eventually is the downfall of his men. In not telling his men of the consequences which would follow the eating of the sun gods cattle he sealed his mens fate and therefore proved his own flaws.



    Odyssey is a smart hero. Art of lying helped him to survive in his dangerous trip. A few years ago worked as a book review writer and ancient literature was quite popular among the students.

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