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The Odyssey

Characters of The Odyssey

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Main Characters of The Odyssey

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Odysseus
A strong, courageous warrior. He is very cunning, but immature at the beginning.
The protagonist of the epic. He fought in the Trojan War and must find his way back to his home, Ithaca.
Penelope
A very loving, caring person. However, her cares can make her flighty and excitable, which is why Telemachus and Athena do not tell her of Odysseus' return immediately.
The wife of Odysseus and the mother of Telemachus. She is also the queen of Ithaca. When the suitors beg for her hand in marriage, she stays true to Odysseus, even though he has not come home for 20 years.
Telemachus
Becomes very assertive due to the rude suitors. He is also devout, and commited to the protection of his mother.
He is the son of Odysseus and Penelope. Although his father has been gone for 20 years, he is set on protecting his father's throne and fends off the suitors.
Polyphemus
Polyphemus and his race, The Cyclopes, are a barbaric race. He is very monstrous and immoraled.
He is a Cyclops, a race of one-eyed giants. He traps Odysseus and his men in his cave, and eats two men a day. He was blinded by Odysseus and his men, and then they escaped.

Calypso

She is very persuasive and beautiful, and always wants what she cannot have.

She is a nymph who falls in love with Odysseus, and keeps him prisoner on her island for seven years. She let him go when the messenger of the gods, Hermes, convinced her to.

Circe

A very beautiful witch-goddess.

She turned all of Odysseus' men to swine. Odysseus was able to repel her powers because he ate a magical herb called Moly, which was given to him by Hermes, the messenger of the gods.

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