Meghan Truong P6

Meghan Truong P6

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  • "Yet I wished to see the caveman, what he had to offer..." (Homer 130-131).
  • "He left his rams and he-goats in the yard outside, and swung high overhead a slab of solid rock to close the cave" (Homer 141-144).
  • "Neither reply nor pity from him, but in one stride he clutched at my companions and caught two in his hands like squirming puppies to beat their brains out, spattering the floor" (Homer 191-194).
  • Odysseus and his men are in need of food and supplies so they stop by the cyclops Polyphemus's cave.  They end up trying to steal it for food.     
  • As they were about to kill the sheep Polyphemus walks in and places a giant slab in front of the entrance.  No ordinary men are able to move this slab so now they are trapped.
  • " I tied them silently together, twining cords of willow from the ogre's bed; to ride there safely, sheilded left and right.  So three sheep could convey each man" (Homer 338-341).
  • Polyphemus is extremely angered by this and ate two of the men.  Odysseus was about to stab him in the stomach but held back because he had another plan. 
  • Odysseus came up came up with a plan to stab Polyphemus in the eye.  His men created a wooden spear by sharpening the end of a giant piece of wood.
  • "Now, by the gods, I drove my big hand spike deep in the embers, charring it again, and cheered my men along with battle talk to keep their courage up: no quitting now" (Homer 282-285).
  • Once they blinded Polyphemus they had to find a way to escape.  Since Polyphemus lets out his animals every morning, Odysseus and his men tie themselves under Polyphemus's sheep and goats so the cyclops cannot see them.  
  • "I roused the men, gave orders to man the ships, cast off the moorning lines; and filling in to sit beside the rowlocks oarsmen in line dipped oars in the vast offing, having our precious lives, but not our friends" (Homer 479-484).
  • As soon as they were out of the cave they untied themselves and ran to the ship and left to Aeolus's Island. 
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