Odysseus and his crew make it to the island of Cyclopes where they soon meet a resident called Polyphemus. Odysseus and his men are captured and are then trapped in a cave with the only egress being blocked by a boulder. While Polyphemus is outside with his sheep, Odysseus finds a large wooden staff and him and his men sharpen it using a fire. Odysseus later intoxicates the cyclops and tells Polyphemus that his name is "Nobody". When the cyclops was sleeping, Odysseus stabs him in the eye with the staff. Polyphemus wakes up screaming and his neighbors hear him whelp. They assume nothing was wrong because the cyclops said "Nobody" was attacking him. The next morning, Odysseus and his crew make their escape under the bellies of the monster's sheep and leave the island. While a safe distance from land, Odysseus reveals his true identity to the cyclops. This section shows one of the major struggles Odysseus and his crew face on their journey home. It also foreshadows the fact that Odysseus's crew will die and that his ship will be destroyed.
"I hewed... to make a stake with pointed end." (319-320)
We are trapped Odysseus! What will we do?
"'Give me another, thank you kindly'" (350)
"'Cyclops, try some wine'" (342)
"'What ails you Polyphemus? Who do you cry so'" (398)