In what does his nobility reside? Is his nobility ever called into question, ever compromised?
Odysseus is the hero of the Odyssey, but is he a good man? What are his distinctive
virtues? In what does his nobility reside? Is his nobility ever called into question, ever
compromised? Does his heroism require him to abandon his moral compass, to get his hands
dirty? If so, what does this suggest about Homeric ideals of nobility and heroism in relation to
dispositions and actions that we might consider moral? Is nobility the same thing as
goodness? Another possibility for this topic would be to trace a distinctive attribute of
Odysseus across the poem: how do we understand the significance of his cunning or his
eloquence, etc.? How is this attribute identified by the poet; how is it cultivated and exercised
by Odysseus; is it ever threatened? Is Odysseus changed by the end of the poem? please site from the odyssey translatged by robert fitzgerald.