Odysseus and men arrive at the island of the cyclopes
"In the next land we found were Cyclopes, giants, louts, without a law to bless them."
Odysseus and his men and the enter they cave and so does the cyclopes and they begin to feast
I wished to see the caveman, what he had to offer no pretty sight, it turned out, for my friends.
Odysseus tries to make offerings to cyclopes but it back fires and they keep them hostage
"Here s liquor to wash down your scraps of men.Taste it, and see the kind of drink we carried under our planks. I meant it for an offering if you would help us home. But you are mad,unbearable, a bloody monster! After this, will any other traveler come to see you?" ( I-256-261)
Odysseus is preparing his men to go into he cave of the cyclops. This shows that Odysseus is a hero because it shows leadership and working skills.
Odysseus and his men try to make a plan to escape but it does not work
"Now Cyclops, wheezing as the pain came on him,fumbled to wrench away the great squatted in the breach with arms thrown wide for any silly beast or man who bolted hoping somehow I might be such a fool"(I-325-329 .
when Odysseus and his men made it to the island they go into the cave and the cyclopes meets them into the cave and they start to feast on the food they brought and the food the cyclopes had. This part really doesn't show how Odysseus was a hero.
Odysseus and his men get out of the cave and make it to shore
"When the young Dawn with finger tips of rose touched the world, I roused the men, gave ordersto man the ships, cast off the mooring lines;and filing in to sit beside the rowlocks oarsmen in line dipped oars in the gray sea."(I- 478-482)
Odysseus and his men bring wine and food as an offering but then he starts making fun of the cyclopes and they take them hostage and even eats some of his men. Odysseus tell the cyclopes what Zeus will do if he mistreats his guest. This is not good hero qualities because he put all his men in danger and it even killed some of the men.
Odysseus sacrifices the sheep they stole from the cyclopes
"But Zeus disdained my offering;destruction for my ships he had in storeand death for those who sailed them, my companions" (I- 471- 473).
They did not have a plan on how to escape so they tried to come up with one but it didn't work so they try another plan to use the cyclopes to move the boulder and that works. This is hero qualities because Odysseus did not give up.
Odysseus and his men use the boat Calypso gave him and they make it shore safely and they took a sheep from the cyclopes. This show hero qualities because he got some of his men out of the cave to safety.
Odysseus sacrifices a sheep they rode out from the cyclopes cave and he sacrifice it to Zeus but he did not take the sacrifice. This does not show good leadership skills because he used Zeus and he tried to make it up to him but he rejected the offering.