Odysseus possesses a cunning wit, and he uses it more than he uses his aging physical strength. He is brave, but he prefers to defeat his enemies with clever deception rather than meet them head-on. He is on a journey home, and he must pass many trials to reach the safety of his home. He must take the hero’s journey into the underworld and return, emerging as a new, wiser and more mature man. He has weaknesses, but he manages to overcome them to complete his journey and reclaim his home and family.