Odysseus faces a man vs self internal conflict. Unexpectedly, he ends up trapped in a cave with a cyclops in 13 of his own men. Odysseus must use his own mind to configure a plan to escape. The death of those around him and his own impending death increases the difficulty of his internal meditation.
In troublesome times, Odysseus must cogitate a plan to escape a dangerous cyclops before his men are killed. The cyclops and Odysseus face a man vs supernatural conflict. Odysseus tricks the giant into drinking strong wine and falling to sleep. After he is no danger, Odysseus stabs the cyclops in the eye with a wooden stake. Twisting the pole around, the eye sizzles and blinds the giant.
The cyclops came after the ship with a large rock to throw but was unable to see the boat after being blinded. As a result, Odysseus faces a man vs man conflict with his crew members. Odysseus wished to mock the cyclops, but his men disapproved. They told Odysseus not to make fun, but he chose to anyway and creates the ill prayer for their journey from the gods.