To lost…” (Homer, 9. 588-593). Odysseus is so consumed

To become a hero based solely off your
wit puts a lot of confidence in someone, and for Odysseus it became his pride
and glory. He faces so many hardships and suffering only because he cannot keep
his mouth shut and his ego at bay. This is not something an epic hero does, but
it seems like it is something that consumes him at times. Odysseus is suffering
in the first place because he defiled and mocked Poseidon’s son Polyphemus. The
whole point of him lying to the cyclops about his name was so he wouldn’t get
shunned by any god, but he completely neglects that logic when he becomes
entranced with how well he made a fool out of Polyphemus. As his shipmates try
to sail away they question why Odysseus is “so headstrong…/ and they begged
for him to stop but they could not bring his fighting spirit round” (Homer,
9. 550-557). He gave the cyclops nor his men any mercy and it put them in
danger. Boasting he is the one who ashamed Polyphemus allowed for the cyclops
to plea to his father to make sure “Odysseus… never reaches home/ Or… to let
him come home late and come back a broken man – all shipmates lost…” (Homer, 9.
588-593). Odysseus is so consumed by his heroic qualities that it makes him
believe he can outwit and overpower any obstacle. But he is proven wrong when
Circe warns him not to fight Scylla for he could never beat her in arms, yet he
musters up for battle anyways. Odysseus was destined to lose six of his men on
his voyage into Scylla’s region but he does nothing to prevent their deaths
from happening. Instead he questions Circe if he could “still fight Scylla off
when Scylla attacks his men” and it brings three more fatalities to the six
men he lost (Homer, 12.125).  His
willingness to risk sacrificing his men just because his ego made him feel
invincible is the complete opposite of the deeds he performed before. His ego
overpowers his judgement because he wants to be remembered for his assets and
he wants immortality through stories of his exploits.