Odysseus is trapped in a cave with his men, a large Cyclops holding them captive. The Cyclops eats his men, killing a total of six before they are able to escape. Odysseus ends up formulating a plan to help himself and his remaining men escape. They blind the Cyclops and boat away.
Odysseus faces conflict within himself throughout the narrative. He is the one who comes up with the idea to trick the Cyclops into falling asleep, and leads the attack which blinds him. He debates whether he should kill the Cyclops, despite being trapped in the cave at the time. He is forced to make many daring decisions.
Near the end of the passage, Odysseus and his men quarrel. Odysseus insists on being arrogant, and yelling back at the blinded Cyclops. The monster responds by hurling large rocks into the water, nearly sweeping the fleeing ship back onto the island's shore. His men are the sole reason they escaped again, pleading with him to stop.