i. Odysseus- Odysseus is the son of Laertes and the main character (or protagonist) of The Odyssey. Odysseus fought with other Geek heroes at Troy but struggled to return to his kingdom in Ithaca. Odysseus is the husband of Penelope, Queen of Ithaca, and the father of Telemachus, Prince of Ithaca. Odysseus is a strong and courageous warrior, but also a kind and altruistic king. Odysseus is the favorite of all gods and goddesses except for Poseidon, who has harsh feelings because Odysseus blinded his son, Polyphemus. Overall, Odysseus is a kind-hearted man with the mind of a scholar and the heart of a lion.
ii. Penelope- Penelope is the husband of Odysseus and the Queen of Ithaca. Penelope is also the mother of Telemachus. Penelope had to wait for many years for Odysseus to return, and while she waited, she was bombarded with wretched suitors who each wanted her hand in marriage. Penelope is benevolent and peaceful, but also clever and crafty. Penelope is a very sweet queen who is loved by many.
iii. Telemachus- Telemachus is the son of Odysseus and Penelope. Telemachus was an infant when Odysseus left for Troy. Telemachus was sick of his caring mother being barraged with suitors so he decided to set out on a mission to find his father. Telemachus went from boy to man over the course of his mission. Not only did he grow physically, but also emotionally and mentally. When Telemachus first left on his mission, he was slightly afraid to oppose the suitors. After returning, Telemachus was able to kill over half the suitors in battle. Telemachus is an aristocratic and honorable young prince. Because of his brave and noble moves, Telemachus is recognized as one of the greatest heroes of The Odyssey.
iv. Poseidon- Poseidon is the god of the sea, and one of the main antagonists of the book. Poseidon is very angry at Odysseus for blinding his son, Polyphemus. Poseidon constantly hammered Odysseus on the way home from his journey. Poseidon is powerful and zealous – a deadly combination. Poseidon resembles the actions of an overprotective father, or a revengeful little boy.
v. Polyphemus- Also known as the “blinded Cyclops” Polyphemus is the son of Poseidon, and another main antagonist of the book. Polyphemus imprisoned Odysseus and his crew and tried to eat them, but Odysseus blinded him through a crafty way and managed to escape. This is how Odysseus angered Poseidon. Polyphemus is a rude, uncivilized one-eyed giant with a body the size of a massive ship, but a brain no larger than a walnut.
vi. Circe- Circe is a sneaky witch-goddess who transforms men into swine when they enter her island. She did exactly what was stated above to Odysseus’ crew. Odysseus escaped Circe’s tricks with the help of Hermes. Odysseus became the lover of Circe, and stayed with her on her island for a little while. Circe is beautiful but dangerous and should not be messed with or taken lightly.
vii. Calypso- Calypso is a gorgeous nymph who fell in love with Odysseus and...