To ashamed Polyphemus allowed for the cyclops to plea

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 did not receive
any reprisal from the gods, 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.