Odysseus is a huge contributor to the story. In the last few chapters he has been traveling trying to get home to Ithica. He is very brave and know as the smartest warrior around. Odysseus is worried his thrown has gotten taken over by his wife's suitors.
Athena is a big part of this story as she guides Odysseus and Telemachus through thier jouneys. She is a warrior goddess that pittied Odysseus for he had a rough journey. Poseidon cursed his journey so Athena wanted to help him.
The first part of the story is about Telemachus and his journey to find out what happened to his father, Odysseus. He's is extremely intelligent for his age and many say he has his dad's good looks and bravery.
Calypso was in love with Odysseus and held him captive for seven years. She held onto hope that he would marry her until Heremes came and told her to let him go. She sent Odysseus on his way to Ithica with a boat that she made him make. She also gave him good sailing, food, and nice clothes.
Kind Alcinous was king of the Phaeacians and was a big help in Odysseus getting home. Odysseus was stranded on his island and the kind was very welcoming. Alcinous welcomed Odysseus because of his knowledge and beauty. He gave him his best oarsmen and boats.
Odysseus was cursed by Poseidon because he poked his cyclopes son's eye out. The story wouldn't have been the same without him because Odysseus is forced on so many more adventures because of his cursed travels.