The Odyssey Character Profiles

Character profiles of the characters in the Odyssey. 

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Odysseus

  • Cunning/Resourceful - Master of strategems. 
  • Selfish.
  • Wants to get home to Ithaca, NOT Penelope - Nostos.
  • Leader of men - But is he flawed?
  • Good King - Respected by slaves who served under him. 
  • Pious.
  • Filial Piety - Being a good Father/Son. 
  • In search of his Kleos. 
  • Strong warrior/archer.
  • Loyal - Only unfaithful with divinities. 
  • Patient and much enduring. 
  • Emotional - Typical of a Greek hero. 
  • Proud/Arrogant. 
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Penelope

  • Sensible - Not driven by emotion. Unlike Clytaemnestra. 
  • Maternal - Great fears for Telemachus' safety. Obeys him as he grows as a leader. 
  • Pious. 
  • Emotional - Suffering but remains proud in public. Cries/has nightmares at night. 
  • Cunning/Intelligent - Follows in her husband's footsteps. 
  • Loyal/Patient - Key to being a great Greek woman. 
  • Strong mentally, can speak with strength. 
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Laertes

  • Only person Odysseus can't lie to - Bond between Father and Son too strong - Emotion takes over.
  • Emotional - Pain of losing Anticleia and possibly losing Odysseus.
  • Humble - Living a simple life. 
  • Respects women - Didn't sleep with slave girl as didn't want to be unfaithful to his wife. 
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Telemachus

  • Diplomatic/Intelligent.
  • Thoughtful/Selfless - Always thinking of his parents.
  • Brave/Adventurous/Daring - 'Mini Odyssey'
  • Strong relationship with Eumaeus. 
  • Maturing/Learning to be a man - Odysseus disappointed in him. 
  • Bitter at the start but learns to become a man/warrior. 
  • Likened to Father - Respects elders. 
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The Slaves

Eumaeus

  • Definition of loyalty 

         - Wheras others were corrupted he has remained strong. 

         - Treats Telemachus as his own son. 

         - Listens to and respects Penelope and Laertes. 

         - Remains a good loyal swineherd/Provides food for the feasts - Loyal to his              job - Keeps things running smoothly in case Odysseus returns. 

  • Brave in final conflict - Utterly obedient to Odysseus. 
  • 'You, Eumaeus' - Loved and respected by Homer. 
  • Humble/Hard working. 
  • Good Xenia.
  • Pious. 
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The Slaves

Eurycleia

  • Loyal - Lives at the end, deals with non-loyal maids. - Protects Penelope and helps Telemachus - Does it all to help Odysseus. 
  • Part of the family - Brought up by them and allowed to be part of the family. 
  • Strong/Brave - More vulnerable than male slaves but when Odysseus grabs her she has no fear. 

Melanthius and Melantho

  • Greedy.
  • Young - Raised by suitors, not Odysseus. 
  • Agressive.
  • Corrupted. 
  • Not intelligent. 
  • Define what happens when you don't have a good leader. 
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