He is on his return voyage to Ithaca after visiting Nestor and Menelaus. He is confident that he represents virtue even when a modern audience might not be so sure. None was untouched by war. Although he is self-disciplined refusing to eat the lotushis curiosity is sometimes the root of his trouble as with the Cyclops.
Courage There have been many instances where Odysseus manifested courage. Insolently, Antinous, the leading suitor, denies responsibility and puts the blame on that "queen of cunning," Penelope 2.
Entertained at the royal court, he asks the blind bard, Demodocus, to sing of the exploits of the Greeks at Troy.
It was titled the Iliad and it told of many great stories involving Greek gods and horrid monsters. Her marriage would force a showdown for the crown, and Telemachus' position is considerably weaker, at this point, than that of the top suitors.
It is no coincidence that this last drama has, over the past weeks, been staged in London, rewritten for our times as Our Ajax by Timberlake Wertenbaker. He vows to kill the Greek leaders — but is sent mad by Athene, and massacres livestock instead of men, before committing suicide.
When he finally does return, much later in the book, Odysseus and Telemachus wage an all out war on the suitors in the walls of their home, and kill them all.