In was optional. Later on, it says “kneaded them

   In “The Odyssey” by Homer, the character Odysseus is conceited character motivated by royalty and strength. In Book Twelve, I interpreted Odysseus as a manipulative and conceited character. Throughout Book Twelve, Odysseus talks to his shipmates about what Circe said as if they were not supposed to know. “At last, and sore at heart, I told my shipmates, ‘Friends…it’s wrong for only one or two to know the revelations that Circe made to me alone.'” This makes it seem like only Odysseus was to know about what Circe said. Odysseus continued this my telling his shipmates the he “alone was to hear their voices,” when he was talking about the sirens. This made his shipmates believe that he was the special one, when really Circe had told him it was optional. Later on, it says “kneaded them in my  two strong hands and the wax soon grew soft, worked by my strength.” This adds on to my interpretation of Odysseus being very conceited. He makes it seem as if he is the only important character, that he is the only hero. I think Odysseus uses his royalty, the fact that he is king, to manipulate his shipmates and make them do whatever he wants.?    In contrast, in “Siren Song,” by Margaret Atwood, the author provides a different point of view. In her version,  the victim of the sirens is a persuadable character who is destroyed by his own weakness. The victim is easily persuaded to go help the siren. The siren only had to say what the victim wanted to hear. A siren says “I will tell the secret to you, to you, only to you.” She further says she needs help and that the victim is unique. This shows that the victim is weak in the sense that he easily fell for her and could not hold himself back from going to her. The victim is acquiescent and perceived as a character destroyed by his own weakness, whereas Odysseus is perceived as a character who is not destroyed but built up by being conceited. In Atwood’s point of view, the reader can see that being easily persuaded can be a weakness even if you’re strong.