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Odysseus vs. Antinous Odysseus and Antinous share some of the most important qualities to be a leader, how they use them though, makes the two men polar opposites. Antinous is the “top” suitor for Penelope, while Odysseus is Penelope’s husband who has been making his journey home for over ten years. Although she can see that her husband and this man are alike in some ways, the worst in Antinous keeps her holding onto the best in Odysseus. Antinous is cruel and abuses the small amount of power he is given by being named “top” suitor. Antinous is disrespectful of the gods, he shows us this when he hits the stranger (Odysseus) with a chair. You are supposed to take in any stranger with open arms incase it is a god in disguise; Antinous however, disregards that ancient moral and yells at the old beggar. Antinous also shows that he is unlike Odysseus because he isn’t observant. When the chair bounced off Odysseus’ back and didn’t hurt him, Antinous should have known that something was not right. They are alike< on the other hand, because they both show leadership. Antinous is the best choice for Penelope, according to the other men he is competing with, and they support him when he bullies other men. Odysseus started out going on the same path as Antinous, but luckily his adventures to get back to Ithaca changed him severely. Odysseus is a ruler who knows what is best for his crew, and he learns his lesson about boasting when the Cyclops gets his father, Poseidon, to curse his crew. In that same situation, however, Odysseus shows his quick thinking and wit. He says to the Cyclops: "Cyclops, you ask my honorable name? Remember the gift you promised me, and I shall tell you. my name is Nohbdy: mother father and friends, everyone calls me Nohbdy.”. Odysseus becomes more wise and patient with age and the journeys he endures,…...

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