Odysseus and his men are washed up on the island of Polyphemus the cyclops. They eventually wander into his cave. Polyphemus is not happy with their presence and kills and eats some of Odysseus' men. When Polyphemus asks what Odysseus' name is he says his name is Nohbdy. One time in the middle of the night Odysseus and his men stab Polyphemus in his one eye with a makeshift spear and blind him. He then screams in pain and curses Odysseus and his men, asking the god Poseidon to make sure that they never see their home of Ithaca. Then the other cyclops living on the island come to see what the cause of his screaming is. When they arrive, he tells them that Nohbdy has ruined him and that Nohbdy has blinded him. So the cyclopes then leave with no worries. The men then strap themselves to Polyphemus' sheep so when he lets the sheep out to graze in the fields the men can escape with his sheep.
This scene is important to part one of "The Odyssey" because the reason that Poseidon is mad at him and that his journey is so treatcherous is that the cyclops, who was also Poseidon's son, cursed Odysseus and his men so that they will never make it home. Also the fact that Poseidon's son was stabbed in his only eye and blinded angered him.
"You are a ninny..." (264).
"...grant that Odysseus, raider of cities, never see his home..." (531-532).