The Cyclopes

The Cyclopes
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  • Odysseus and his men arrive at the island of the cyclopes
  • "In the next land we found were Cyclopes... without a law to bless them" (1. 1-2).
  • Cyclopes came in the cave and began to feast
  • "...they would put  one cupful-ruby colored, honey-smooth in twenty more of water" (9.108).
  • They try to make a offering to the Cyclopes, Cyclopes hold them hostage.
  • "Ah, how sound that was! Yet they refused" (9.130).
  • This illustrates how Odysseus told all of his men to get ready because they are going to go to the Cyclopes on a island. This shows how Odysseus is a great warrior and is selfless enough to do this. 
  • They make a plan to get out
  • Cyclopes, you ask my name, Remember the gift you promises me? (9.355). 
  • This illustrates a epic hero trait/ leader because he is ready to go in to the Cyclopes after they all eat, even though they don't know what he is getting into.
  • They attempted to get out and use the Cyclopes to help
  • "Cyclopes bulit a fire... putting suckles to the mothers." (9. 215-217).
  • Odyesseus is trying to tell the Cyclopes what Zues could do to all of them since they are holding them all hostage. This shows how Odyesseus is trying to scare/ out smart them so they can get out.  
  • Polyphemus throws the boulders, Odysseus kills the goat, they ride the sheep out
  • "I tied them together.. So three sheep conveyed each men" (9.340).
  • This shows how he is trying to escape from the Cyclopes. This shows how determine all of his men and himself are because they are all trying to figure out how to get out as fast and quickly as they can.
  • This is explaining how oddeysus and his men are trying to escape, but fail to. they try to use the Cyclopes to help them get out but it doesn't work. It shows however skills because at least they are trying to work together to get out. 
  • This shows traits because they finally got out and worked with Polyphemus to get out alive and save. Even though Odyssus killed a goat both him and Polyphemus helped to get out so it shows traits.
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