One of the biggest set backs Odysseus had was when him and his men were almost home and his men disobeyed him. Odysseus was giving a bag a wind and was told not to open it. But his men thought is was gold and treasure and they also though that he was going to keep it for himself. So when Odysseus fell asleep, they took the bag of wind, opened, and the winds were horrid. They sent men flying into the ocean and sent the rest and Odysseus back, far out into the ocean. farther away from Ithaca, home, and their families.
Master i'm so glad you're home!
I just hope Penelope's heart still belongs to me.
A major obstacle on his trip back home was that the only person who knew the way to Ithica was in the underworld. The only way to the underworld was if you were sent there after you passed. Odysseus went to the opening to the underworld and asked the spirts for help to find Tiresias, and old prophet. While he was down there he saw his mother, who when he left Ithica she was alive.
At some points on his way home, Odysseus was rewarded. The biggest reward that really helped him get back to Ithica was the directions he got from Tiresias.
It really is you!
A struggle Odysseus faced when he got home was all the men at his house trying to marry his wife and take his land. Odysseus wanted to know if his wife, Penelope was faithful to him while he was gone.
To find out if Penelope was faithful or not, Athena disguised Odysseus as and old bum. He gets his son, Telemachus and some maids to help scope out the situation, meanwhile, Penelope tells everyone she doesn't want to re marry. So she comes up with a contest only Odysseus can win. She tells all the suitors and they begin to panic because they know they couldn't complete the task.
There, now only your son can recognize you.
Odysseus won the contest which was stringing a bow and shooting an arrow threw a hole at the end of 12 ax's cleanly. After he did this, his disguise wore off and the suitors were shocked. Odysseus told them that he was going to kill them and that's what him and Telemachus did. All he needed to do now is prove to Penelope he was the real Odysseus. He did this by simply telling her only something they knew. He told her how he built their bed out of an olive tree and how it couldn't be moved.