Odysseus can hide his name as he did when duping the

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concealed but never completely erased. Odysseus can hide his name as he did when duping the Cyclopes into calling him “Nobody,” but eventually he cannot resist revealing his true identity once he is sailing off to safety. That inescapable connection is the same with the scar; it can be masked or covered up but never fully erased. The scar and Odysseus are one, and both of these symbols are essential to Odysseus’ character. The scar is a symbol of the name “Odysseus” and the pain that Odysseus will live through. Odysseus is both the cause and victim of perpetual suffering throughout Homer’s Odyssey. Odysseus caused his family great grief as he went to war in Troy, so much so that his own mother died of over her fear and concern for her war-destined son.
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Grimmett-Norris 2 Telemachus is another victim to the pain that Odysseus has caused in the way that he does not know who he is as a person. A son was a father’s reflection in Greco-Roman times, and Telemachus has never met his father, therefore always being unsure of his identity. This is evident to the point where he questions whether Odysseus is actually his father. Finally, Odysseus causes his home of Ithaca, where his identity derives from, to suffer as well. Ithaca has been thrown into turmoil; the city is in complete disarray once Odysseus has left for Troy. Any and all hospitality has been abandoned, as shown by the
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