One heroic characteristic demonstrated in The Odyssey is loyalty. Not only is Odysseus seen portrayng this but his wife penelope as well. Odysseus never gave up or left his men behind , no matter what the circumstance was. As seen in Book nine of the epic, Odysseus and his men have just arrived at the island of the lotus eaters. Here they are poisened by the flower, and do not want to return home. I brough them back to the ship by main force, grumbling and complaing and when i had them there tied them up and stowed them under the benches. Then i ordered the rest of the men to hurry and get aboard for i did not want them to have a taste of lotus and say goodbye to home.