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stratagems, no man would claim/ Odysseus? gift for those. He had no rivals,/ your father, at the tricks of war.? (Book III, 129 – 131). Although he is a hero to these people, to the people of Troy, he will remain a destroyer. Odysseus, killed many people and tore down a city that took so long to build. No person from that city could ever call him a hero. On Odysseus? journey home, he stops in many different lands and causes destruction in one way or another to either the people of the land or to his crewmen. When he and his crewman go to the island of the Kyklops, Odysseus has an idea to go into the Kyklops? cave and wait for him with a few of his crewmen. The first damage that is done, is that the Kyklops eats the crewmen. Although Odysseus did not intend for this harm to be

done, it happened regardless. Then, after Kyklops ate the crewmen, Odysseus and the crewmen that were left, stabbed the kyklops in the eye with a stick. This is the second episode of damage that was caused by Odysseus unintentionally. Another example of the damage that Odysseus has caused, is when he stops on Aiaia, island of Kirke. Odysseus? plan was to only stay two nights, however their stay ended up to be one month. Odysseus could have left whenever he wanted, but Kirke?s beauty and the abundance of wine kept them there longer than planned. Finally after one month when the decision is made to go ahead with their travels, the youngest crewman falls off of the roof and dies because he has had to much to drink. This incident may not necessarily be directly Odysseus? fault, but

had Odysseus and his crewman, left when they had first decided to leave, this never would have happened. The physical damage that Odysseus has either indirectly or directly caused, is contradicting his heroic stature. In addition to causing physical destruction, he also unintentionally produces emotional devastation. When Odysseus and his crew arrive on Aiolia Island home of Aiolos Hippotades, the damage that is done is not a physical damage, but an emotional devastation. Aiolos Hippotades, the wind king, gives Odysseus a bag of winds to help him on his way. He tell Odysseus not to open it so that all of the winds don’t get out at the same time. Odysseus does not tell his crew what is in the bag so they think that Odysseus is hiding things from them and not sharing with them.

While Odysseus takes one of his rare naps, they open the bag and let all of the winds out. Odysseus totally loses Aiolos? trust and respect: ?Take yourself out of this island, creeping thing– no law, no wisdom, lays it on me now to help a man the blessed gods detest– out! your voyage here was cursed by heaven!? (Book X, 82 – 85). Although Odysseus is not the one that loses the wind, the fact is that he indirectly was a part of it: ?He drove me from the place, groan as I would, and comfortless we went again to sea, days of it, till the men flagged at the oars– no breeze no help in sight, by our own folly–?(Book X, 86 – 89). Not only did this destroy the trust between Aiolos and Odysseus, but it caused Odysseus and his crew to be stuck at sea longer than they would have

had to be. Not all of the damage done is physical, it can be in many different forms. Within Odysseus? travels, everywhere he stops damage is done, whether it be physical, emotional, directly, or indirectly. Odysseus? character portrays the protagonist and the hero, but his paradoxical name contradicts his heroic reputation.