Odysseus is compared as a bat in this passage. "I rushed towards the enormous fig tree, grabbing on like a bat under a limb," the analogy in the extract reads. "Odysseus compares himself to a trapped bat in the first person. He is unable to flee. His situation is ominous, and his future outlook is poor.
A mythological Greek ruler of Ithaca, Odysseus—also known by his Latin name, Ulysses—is the protagonist of Homer's epic poem, The Odyssey. In Homer's Iliad and other works in the same epic cycle, Odysseus also has a significant part.
The Odyssey's titular hero, Odysseus, is probably what most people know about him. This epic tells the story of his struggles—which lasted for ten years—to reclaim his throne as the legitimate king of Ithaca after the Trojan War.